Vaginal Cancer in Dogs

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Vaginal cancer is a possibility in dogs.
Vaginal cancer is a possibility in dogs. (Image: dog image by Joanna Redesiuk from Fotolia.com)

There is a chance that a tumor may form in the vaginal area if your dog. The tumor may not be malign, but there always is a small chance that it could be. There are symptoms associated with canine vaginal cancer and treatment options are available.

Background

According to DogTime.com, vaginal tumors are the second most common canine female reproductive tumor and make up 2.4 percent to 3 percent of canine neoplasia. Vaginal tumors are formed in the muscle tissue of the dog. These tumors may either be benign or malignant.

Susceptible

There are certain factors that can cause a dog to be more susceptible to tumors. These factors include the dog being unspayed and having never given birth. Mature dogs also are more susceptible.

Symptoms

There are specific symptoms associated with a dog having vaginal cancer. These symptoms can include vulvar bleeding or discharge, painful urination, blood in the urine, a vulvar mass, difficulty defecating, excessive licking of the vulvar area and leakage.

Treatment

The main treatment for a dog that has vaginal cancer is surgery. The surgery involves removing of the dog's ovaries and its uterus. Other treatment options, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, aren't commonly used and aren't known to be effective in treatment.

Warning

If you believe your dog has vaginal or any other type of cancer, speak to a veterinarian immediately for the best treatment options and have your dog checked out. Early detection with any form of cancer is important in treatment effectiveness.

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