Intestinal Cancer in Dogs
Dogs are very sensitive creatures when it comes to digestive tract diseases. A dog gets diagnosed for intestinal cancer usually when it is already too late to be cured. In most of the cases, the dog is a male and over the age of ten years.
Cancer starts in the stomach wall and quickly spreads to the gastric lymph nodes, which are the fat cells on the bottom edge of the stomach. This cancer is usually spread over other parts of the body as well, like, liver, the small intestine, pancreas, spleen, esophagus, adrenal glands and lungs.
Symptoms of Canine Intestinal Cancer
The symptoms that are associated with canine intestinal cancer and stomach cancer include:
· Vomiting (with or without blood)
· Weight loss
· Loss of appetite
· Diarrhea (cancer in the lower intestine)
· Projectile vomiting
· Diagnosis of Canine Stomach and Intestinal Cancer
Diagnosis Procedure for Intestinal Cancer
Your Veterinarian will perform a series of tests as part of a standard diagnosis procedure:
· Complete blood count
· Serum biochemistry analysis (watery fluid of the blood)
· Survey radiographs of the chest cavity
· Abdominal ultrasound
Your veterinarian will look for masses on the ultrasound in the stomach and entire gastric region. They will also look at the lymph nodes near the stomach. A sample of any masses found and the lymph node may be taken with a needle for further testing in a lab.
Treatment of Canine Stomach and Intestinal Cancer
If surgery is recommended, any masses will be removed. Masses will be sent to a lab for additional examination. Surgery should help remove anything that was obstructing your dog’s gastric system immediately improving your dog’s health.
To ensure that all the cancer cells are killed chemotherapy has been shown to be effective and usually starts 1 week after surgery. Chemotherapy may result in some stomach discomfort including upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting.
Some Homeopathic Veterinarians like to supplement treatment with natural herbal remedies known to bolster the immune system and protect against the progression of cancer and tumors. The goal is to put the cancer into remission.
Prognosis of Dogs with Canine Stomach and Intestinal Cancer
Most canine intestinal cancer and stomach cancer is advanced when diagnosed resulting in a poor prognosis for recovery. If caught early enough, treatment could result in remission over a 1 to 2 year period. However, a recent study has shown that the cancer could come back as early as 3 days to 10 months after treatment.