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Ask the Vet About Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Cancer in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Cancer in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Aug 14, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumor behind my dog's front left leg

Question:Hello doctor, there is a lump behind my dog's left front leg, and it is about the size of a quarter, which feels larger than the last time I felt it. It feels like it is above the bone but it is firm and doesn't move much. How can I determine if it is dangerous? And my dog is quite overweight if that could be a factor. Thank you!

Answer:It is really hard for me to say without looking at it. It may just be a callus forming on the outside of his elbow because he has so much weight rubbing there when he lays down. Any mass should ideally be checked by your veterinarian to be sure it isn't anything to worry about. They can usually do a quick test on it while you wait.

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: a lump on my dog

Question:hey , i have a yorkie terrier and i was petting her and i recently noticed a bump on her side back . the lump was smooth but i couldn't find it she's really hairy either the lump was covered up or it's under her skin and i think it's under her skin . she weighs about 9 pounds and she not overweight but kinda bigger than a normal yorkie (she's still a small dog) . she eats fine , has a lot of energy , and when i was petting it she didn't snap or bite or yelp in pain . i also checked over her body and that's the only one . im kinda scared and i don't know if i should bring her to the vet . im scared she has cancer or something . but she recently went to the vet to get shots a week ago . maybe it's an allergy to the stuff they gave her i don't know . thanks for your help , -Veronica

Answer:Call your veterinarian and see where they gave her the Rabies vaccine in particular - it will often make a little knot like that that will go away after a few days.

Date: Jul 24, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: parathyroid

Question:Is threre medication for a parathyroid tumor other than surgery??

Answer:Surgery is the treatment of choice for primary hyperparathyroidism and is often important in establishing the diagnosis. If a tumor is found, the best resolution is often surgical removal of the tumor.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: pain medicine

Question:Is oxycodone , gabapentin ,ibuprofen 800mg type pain killers good when your 12 year old dog is in a lot of pain and crying? If so what one is most preferred and what dosage for a 100 pound dog?

Answer:Definitely do NOT give Ibuprofen to your dog - it can cause serious kidney damage. Most of our human NSAIDs (Advil, Tylenol, etc) are toxic to dogs. You can give aspirin but, as you can imagine, if s/he is "in a lot of pain and crying", it's not going to help much and can be tough on their stomach lining, so having your veterinarian check out your dog and get him on some stronger medications that will really help him. (You can give a 325mg aspirin to a 100# dog - feed with food)

Date: May 9, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: high calcium/kidney disease/cancer

Question:I have a 14 ¼ year old yorkie. He has chronic kidney failure (started about 1 ½ years ago) and severe arthritis and basically blind most of the time from cateracts. A little over a week ago for 3 days he had a weird cough 1-4 times a day followed by yellow bile. Then that stopped and he stopped eating and I had to work really hard and tried numerous times a day with different homemade diets to try and get him to eat. He finally did start to eat and he was looking like he was feeling a little better. I even fed him his regular k/d food today and he ate it right up so I thought he was doing better. However, yesterday I noticed he now has blood in his stool. It is mainly formed, but there is a blood mucus that comes out. Then today it happened again so I went to the vet today. I went to the vet today and his concerning out of range numbers were below: BUN 64.7 (38.3 in 1/17) Creatine 1.2 which she said was on the hire end of normal (1.1 in 1/17) Phosphorus 5.1 (4.6 in 1/17) Calcium 12.6 (11.3 in 1/17) Globulin 4.3 (3.7 in 1/17) Blood in the stool (most likely she said from colon or rectum) Electrolytes all good. His CBC came back fine and just a few numbers barely out of range. The vet feels considering the symptoms and the high calcium that he most likely has cancer. She said we can go exploring trying to figure out where the tumor is, however, the prognosis even if finding it is not good because of his other issues. I felt confident in what she told me. She gave him a fluid shot and some steroids to take for 7 days to hopefully make him feel better. I completely forgot about this until now. I think that is the one thing I forgot to tell her! Since he hasn¿t been eating his k/d food and I have been making him homemade food for a few days. I added calcium carbonate (about as a binder to reduce the phosphorus in his diet. Is there any chance that the calcium carbonate (350mg/day for about 6 days) I gave him is getting absorbed into the blood and causing his calcium level to rise and perhaps this isn¿t cancer? And since he does have elevated calcium already, I am thinking maybe I should stop giving him that even if he isn¿t eating a k/d meal? Also, I read after I got home that elevated calcium could be a result of kidney failure. Is that correct? And if that is the case, does that mean it could still go down or maybe stabalize if it is from kidney¿s vs. cancer? I recently got some new supplement (Azodyl) that I am hoping helps him. Also, have you heard of milk thistle for dogs? Sorry for so many questions.

Answer:The calcium carbonate could be causing his blood calcium to be high (or at least increasing it a little). I would stop it for now, but confirm that with your veterinarian - and call and tell them that so they can note it in his record. We use milk thistle more for liver disease.

Date: May 6, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: mass/eye tumor

Question:Our Yorkie Paris is 14. Her one eye has been slightly red for almost 2 years. After examining her for the appearance of a slight protrusion, the eye specialist diagnosed it as a mass & proposed 2 options; 1) remove as much of the growth as possible (testing it for cancer), followed by a 2nd surgery, including removal of the eye if necessary 2) a single surgery to remove the growth & the eye, precluding the need for 2 surgeries/2 recoveries. Or, no surgery, eye meds & monitor, decide later. We prefer to minimize surgeries/recoveries/discomfort. Do you feel surgery is warranted & sooner than later? Paris is in fairly good health, sleeps well, yet does have arthritis and a limp. The vet feels she has some eye discomfort, yet we see no signs (never rubs it or seems bothered). She has had puppies, hernia surgery years later, & slight skin issues (better now). She is easy going and happy. Don¿t want to subject her to discomfort if no guarantee it will extend her time with us, yet looking for idea of risk/reward and alternative thinking.

Answer:If you are seeing an eye specialist, you should really rely on his/her recommendation. They went to veterinary school like we did, for 4 years, but have years of specialty training in only eyes after that. Try asking which option they would be leaning toward if it was their own animal or a family member's animal.

Date: May 6, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fiv & Leukemia cat

Question:Please help me.. 8 years ago i found a tiny orphaned kitten, i took him in and bottle fed and raised him and we are so close. Suddenly in the last 9days he started to breathe fast.. We went to the vets and done alot tests and the blood show my cat is positive to FIV and has alot of cells abnormal to a cat, Leaukmia they say 90%.. He is breathing to fast and sleepy, His hair not growing so healthy and i can not sit here watching him suffer.. I can not see him die like this without giving him a chance, he has so much love and life left please help me.. Is there anything i can gove him to help him live longer.? He still eats and wants to go out in the gardens..!

Answer:FIV and feline leukemia are tough. I bet they started him on some medication when his veterinarian saw him so I would see how he does on those medications - depending on what he has going on, they may make him feel a good bit better, like if he has a secondary bacterial infection and they started him on antibiotics, etc. What I worry about with him is that he is having trouble breathing - if that worsens much at all, I would have your veterinarian recheck him immediately.

Date: Apr 25, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: anl sac Inflammation

Question:Hello, I have a dog name kilo, thats about 4 years old. and he is having issue with his anl its red and swooning I'm very worried can I do this whole anl sac Inflammation at home??

Answer:Anal glands that are just full and need to be expressed aren't red and swollen, so you ideally need your veterinarian to take a look at him because it sounds more like an abscessed anal gland. You would need someone to show you how to express them anyway, so they can do that while you are there.

Date: Apr 5, 2017
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: fatty tumor

Question:hi, i have recently noticed that my 7 year old female black lab has a lump on her side down by her stomach. it moves around and is kinda big about 2 inches maybe. I was wondering if it could be a tumor. Im hoping not and hoping you can help me out

Answer:Labs are very predisposed to benign fatty masses, so it may be nothing to worry about at all - but, you definitely want your veterinarian to check it and make sure that's what it is. It is usually a really quick, easy fine-needle-aspirate that they can usually just look at under the microscope right there in the office while you wait.

Date: Aug 7, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spay Surgery And Tcc

Question:One Of The Articles On The Site Related To This On (canine Care, The Ultimate Pet Health Resource) Says That With Bladder Cancer (tcc) In Dogs That There Should Never Be An Invasive Surgery Of Any Kind. My Situation Is Tricky That My Dog Has Tcc, But She Also Had An Open Pyometria That Of Course Some Drained. However It Is Still There (uterus Is Septic) So She Needs To Be Spayed Before Her Next Heat As She Will Not Live Throug It. The Vets Think She Has 3 To Six Months To Live (hopefully More). So We Figure That The Pyo Would Get Her First Over The Tcc. So I Really Have No Choice At This Point. I Guess I Won't Get An Answered From You For Awhile (today Is Sunday August 7); But She Is Scheduled For This Spat Surgery Tomorrow. I Really Elated Your Opinion As To Whether This Would Disrupt The Tcc And Start It To Spread Or Grow Faster. I Really Understand That This Is Thie Risk I Have To Take To Give Her The Best Quality Of Life. I Am Trying So Hard To Do The Right Thing.i Would Also Really Still Value Your Opinion, So I Know As Much As I Can For What To Look For In The After Surgery Part (post Surgery). Thank You, And I Really Hope I Hear From You Soon

Answer:Sorry For Your Dilemma. Not Easy Situation And No Black Or White Right Or Wrong Answer. I Would Be Worried About Stress, Etc Of Surgery Now, Possibly Triggering The Tcc To Get Worse. Maybe Ask About Iv Baytril And Other Antibiotics For Stabilization As Possible Alternative To Pyometra Surgery. I Would Ask Vet About Consult With Vet Internist In Medicine As There Are Prostaglandin Treatments That Are Sometimes Used As Alternative To Spay For Pyometra And Might Be Worth Asking About

Date: Jun 21, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Lump On Back Of Cat's Neck

Question:I Have An 8 Year Old Russian Blue Cat Who Was Never Sick A Day In Her Life Until She Had A Lump On The Back Of Her Neck 4 Months Ago, Which Turned Out To Be A Sarcoma Type Cancer. The Vet Removed The Lump Saying That It Had Clean Edges And She Got It All Out. Now 4 Months Later, Her Scar Tissue Was 2 Small Lumps Where The Tumor Was Removed And Now The Exact Same Thing Has Happened In The Same Spot, Only This Time She Is Acting Normal (eating, Sleeping, Drinking Water And Playing) When Before She Hid Under The Bed And Would Not Come Out For Meals, Etc. Is It Possible That It Is The Cancer Again In The Exact Same Spot Even Though The Doctor Said She Was All Clear? She Has A Vet Appointment For This Saturday (6/25/2016) Any Help Is Appreciated!! Thanks - Amanda

Answer:Very Well Could Be Recurrence Or New Cancer Growth. I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Specialist Or Oncologist In Your Area For Expert Opinion, As Well As You Will Need Exact Tissue Biopsy Report From First Surgery, Which Will Likely Determine Long Term Treatment Plan Here

Date: Apr 4, 2016
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Supplements For Lymohoma

Question:My 9 Year Old Gokdendoodle Was Diagnosed With Lymphoma (stage 4). He Is On A Prednisone Taper And Did Receive A One Time Chemotherapy Injection For Short Term Help While On The Steroid. He Is Feeling Happy And Fine For Now. I Have Put Him In A High Protein Diet. I Am Wondering About Any Supplements That Can Help Him. We Are Not Pursuing Any Further Cancer Treatment. Thank You.

Answer:You Could Try Oncosupport And Glucamune From The Company Rx Vitamins, Which You Should Be Able To Get From 1800petmeds. It Also May Be Helpful To Consult With A Homeopathic Or Holistic Veterinarian. To Learn More, See Www.doctordym.com And Www.drpitcairn.com

Date: Dec 12, 2015
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump On Dogs Leg

Question:My Golden Retriever Has A Lump The Size Of A Tennis Ball On The Back Of Her Left Leg Ner Her Ankle. It Bleed Sometimes And She Limps Whenever Walking. I'm Not Sure What It Could Be. We Don't Have The Money To Take Her To The Vet. Do You Know What It Could Possibly Be?

Answer:Not Much I Can Suggest At Home. Try A Low Cost Vet Clinic Or Humane Society With Vet Services In Your Area, As This Lump Needs To Be Aspirated And Cells Evaluated Under Microscope To Tell Us What It Is And/or If Further Surgical Management Is Needed, Especially In A Breed Prone To Cancer

Date: Nov 9, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Cancerous Lump

Question:My Female Dog 8yrs Old , Gets A Lump On Her Hind Leg That Comes And Goes . We Took Her To A Vet , They Drew Fluid From The Lump When It Was Swelled , And Said It Could Be Cancerous . Would A Cancerous Lump Swell Then Go Away? Thanks !

Answer:Some Types Of Cancerous Lumps Can Swell And Decrease In Size, Especially Certain Types Of Cysts. I Would Ask Vet To Send Cytology Off To Lab For Evaluation Of Type Of Cancer So That Long Term Treatment Plan Can Be Undertaken And/or Have Tumor Removed And Biopsied.

Date: Apr 30, 2014
Category: Cancer
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Question:My Cat Was Diagnosed With Squamous Cell Carcinoma Today. She Had A Cracked Tooth Extracted About 4 Weeks Ago. Seemed All Was Good, Everything Looked Fine. Last Part Of Last Week She Started Having Trouble With Her Mouth Again. I Brought Her Back And They Did A Biopsy. We Are Going To A Specialist May 6th. It Is Right In Back Of Where She Had The Tooth Extracted. There Is A Small "lump", Smaller Than A Pea. Maybe The Size Of A Pin Head. Any Information Would Be Appreciated. She Is Still Eating, Playing A Little, Being With Us. She Usually Hides When She Does Not Feel Well. She Is A 14 1/2 Year Old Grey Tabby Short Hair. I Was Also Wondering If Hemp Oil Would Help Her Out At All? Thanks. optional Information: type Of Cat: American Short Hair cat's Gender: Female cat's Age: 14 name Of Cat: Sweetie

Answer:Hemp Oil Is Fine To Try. Also Consider Supplementing With Cancer Supplements Like Glucamune From Rx Vitamins, As Well As Transfer Factor Www.powerbod.com/2/michaeldym


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