Believe it or not, dogs are now getting cancer almost at the same rate as humans. And I know that can cause anxiety and fear in pet owners. So what are the warning signs? Read on to find out more.

First let’s discuss the term neoplasia. Neoplasia is what doctors call abnormal cells. It is the term used to describe the growth itself. They can be either malignant or benign.

The benign neoplasms can grow very slowly but do not spread to other body parts. Malignant ones can grow at different speeds. They can surround other tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Technically, only the malignant neoplasms are cancer, but people use the word cancer often to describe the growth. The words mass or tumor are also used to talk about the growth or the appearance of it.


Neoplasia can grow anywhere in your dog’s body so symptoms can vary with each case. This all depends on the location and the severity. I would strongly suggest you make an appointment with your veterinarian if you see the following warning signs.

  1. Swelling that doesn’t go away
  2. Sores that don’t heal
  3. Unintentional Weight Loss
  4. No appetite or loss of appetite
  5. Any discharge or bleeding
  6. Diarrhea or Vomiting
  7. Unpleasant Smells in their mouth, nose or bum
  8. Difficulty swallowing or eating
  9. Unusual low energy levels
  10. Difficulty with breathing or going to the bathroom

The earlier you seek treatment for the above warning signs, the better chance of a positive outcome for your dog. These could also be symptoms of other diseases or disorders so your vigilance will pay off either way.

I know your dog is a precious part of your family and looks to you for their safety and protection. Watching out for these symptoms will be good for both of you.


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