Cancer causes death in 50% of the population of dogs more than 10 years old. Like in humans, cancer can develop slowly and for no apparent reason.
Neoplasia in Dogs
- Neoplasia is described as the abnormal proliferation of cells.
- It can occur in different parts of the body.
- It can affect dogs of all ages and breed but is often observed in the older populations.
- It is often observe in dogs but rarely in cats.
What is Neoplasia in Dogs
- Neoplasia is an abnormal growth of cells and tissues.
- This should not be confused with tumors. Tumors are a form of neoplasm that has formed a lump while neoplasms do not necessarily form lumps. Still, for simplicity’s sake, the two terms may be used interchangeably.
- It could be benign or malignant.
- It can be caused by many different factors, including:
- Reaction to vaccines and medications
- Genetic predisposition
- Ingestion or inhalation of toxins and carcinogens
Symptoms of Neoplasia in Dogs
- The following are some of the symptoms of neoplasia:
- Sores that do not heal easily
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Abnormal lumps or swellings that grow
- Bad odor
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty in urination and defecation
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Bleeding in any body opening
- The identification of the symptoms of neoplasia can alert the owner if the dog has this ailment.