Cancer in Labrador Retrievers: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

October 4, 2010 | Labrador | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Cancer in Labrador Retrievers

  • Being a large dog breed, the Labrador Retriever is prone to cancers and tumor formations. Commonly, these cancers involve the skin, the blood, and the lymph systems.
  • Chemicals in the food you give to your dog can contribute to the development of cancer in Labrador Retrievers.
  • Chemicals such as formaldehyde, chlorine and nitrates are just a few of the chemicals that are mixed in with commercial dog foods.

Signs and Symptoms of Cancer in Labradors

  • You may see the appearance of new growths on your pets body. Monitor any growths carefully.
  • Be alert to sores that will not heal, or lumps that begin draining.
  • Appetite loss is a common symptom of cancer in Labrador Retrievers. Keep in mind though that this symptom can also be indicative of many other illnesses.
  • Weight loss and lethargy may be present and fevers may occur in later stages of the illness.
  • More information on symptoms tumors in labs

Natural and Alternative Treatment for Cancer in Labs

  • Early detection and treatment makes a world of difference in the lifespan of dogs afflicted with cancers.
  • Build up your pet’s immune system to fight off infections.
  • Supply a nourishing diet. Prepare fresh, homemade meals if you can do it. Otherwise, be careful in your choices of commercial foods.
  • Meat meal should be listed as one of the first ingredients. Avoid any food that contains byproducts.
  • Fresh cooked or raw vegetables supply needed nutrients for proper cell growth, good skin integrity, and a healthy immune system. Provide them daily for maximum effectiveness.
  • Keep your pet hydrated and encourage eating. Stimulate the appetite with warm broth to add taste.
  • Give a couple tablespoons of yogurt daily to beef up the amounts of good bacteria needed in the intestinal tract.
  • Apply cool compresses to the abdomen of a feverish pup.
  • Maintain a very clean environment for your pet to prevent infections.
  • You may want to read alternative treatments for fatty tumors in labradors and early signs of cancer in dogs

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