Canine Mouth Tumors
Malignant Melanoma - When the cancerous melanocytes or cells spread from the original tumor and travel via blood and lymph vessels to lymph nodes and distant organs.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Cancer caused by exposure to the sun. Tends not to spread if caught early. Curable with surgery.
Fibrosarcoma - Occurs in the connective tissue between bones.
Osteosarcoma - Tumors that occur in the bone.
Canine MouthTumors around the Teeth
Mouth tumors are found in the tissue that holds your dog's teeth in its mouth. These tumors do not spread throughout the body, but can cause erosion of the area that holds the tooth. If not treated, your dog can experience pain and the loss of its tooth (called an epulis).
Tumors of the Gums, Lips, Tounge, Palate, Tonsils are also possible and usually occur in middle age or older dogs. Tumors on the lips or mouth have a high likelihood of spreading to other organs in the body.
Breeds Where Canine Mouth Tumors are Common
50% of tumors are found in:
Symptoms of Canine Mouth TumorsCommon symptoms are bad breath (halitosis), drooling, bleeding from the mouth, loose teeth, reduced appetite and blood in the saliva.
Diagnosis of Canine Mouth Tumors
The most common type of tumor is called a malignant melanoma and appears as a black spot. All other tumors must be tested from a sample (biopsy). Tests include MRI's, CT scans and X-rays.
Treatment of Canine Mouth Tumors
Treatment Options include some combination of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Surgery often includes the removal of a piece of jaw. Dogs adapt well to this type of surgery.
Natural supplements blended for dogs with cancer have shown some success in clinical studies as a supportive therapy. Get PetAlive C-Caps formula for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer in dogs was made for this purpose. Be sure to advise your vet if you try a herbal supplement so that they can monitor results.
Prognosis for Dogs with Mouth Tumors
Approximately 25% of dogs diagnosed with oral melanoma will survive for one year; 75% will not survive even this long.
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