One of the most dangerous diseases for humans and animals, breast cancer in female dogs is still very common. Even though it has the possibility of being fatal - depending on when it is diagnosed and its level of development - this type of tumor in dogs can also be prevented and treated. To learn more about the health condition, we talked to veterinarian Caroline MoucoMoretti, clinical director of the Vet Popular Group, takes a look!
Breast cancer in female dogs: how to identify that your pet needs help
The symptoms of breast tumor in dogs are usually very silent, so to identify it, you need to be aware of any changes in this region of your dog's body. "Any increase in volume (nodule) in the breast region can be a sign, so it is important to be aware. In more advanced situations, where the nodule is very large and inflamed, the animal feels pain ",In addition, she may also have a discharge from her breasts and other general symptoms such as lack of appetite, listlessness, vomiting and fever. A visit to the vet is essential for a dog with inflamed breasts or any of these symptoms, whether concurrent or not.See_also: Do you need to bathe your dog before grooming?
How is this type of dog tumor diagnosed?
After the physical signs, the trip to the vet will serve for your puppy to be examined and have the diagnosis of breast cancer confirmed or not - there is always the possibility that the tumor in dogs is benign and simpler to treat. "The diagnosis happens through specific tests such as nodule cytology and histopathological examination, which gives the diagnosis with greater precision",The first exam analyzes the secretion characteristic of breast cancer cases and the second removes a part of the nodule for laboratory analysis, also known as a biopsy.
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