Dog Cancer Overview (Benign & Malignant

Source: PetWave, Updated on August 15, 2016

Definition of Cancer

Cancer, also called neoplasia, is the uncontrolled transformation of normal cells into abnormal ones, which usually form masses, invade nearby tissue and ultimately spread to other areas of the body. What causes cancer is still a mystery. Dogs can get many different types of cancer, each of which may show up with varying frequencies and degrees of severity. Many dogs with cancer get a lump somewhere on their body, which typically doesn’t seem to bother them. They may become weak, lethargic and easily fatigued, lose their appetite and lose weight, develop vomiting, diarrhea, enlarged lymph nodes, fever and lameness, and even collapse. Cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs, especially older dogs. Owners who think that their dog may have cancer should consult with a veterinarian right away. Early diagnosis always improves a dog’s chance of survival. Many treatment options are available if cancer is caught early.

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Myasthenia Gravis

Weak muscles or sudden fatigue in dogs, more technically referred to as Myasthenia gravis, is a syndrome that involves skeletal muscle weakness in the absence of obvious nervous system abnormalities.

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