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Old 12-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Signs of cancer

I know this might be a silly question, but...

What are the signs and symptoms that an owner might notice when a boxer has cancer?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are some things to look for:

Abnormal swelling that persists and grows
Sores that do not heal
Weight loss
Loss of appetite
Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Offensive odor
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

Just because ones dog might have one or more of these symptoms that does NOT mean they have cancer. It means if the dog is having any of these issues it should be seen by a Vet
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Also excessive thirst is a sign of lymphoma and enlarged lymph nodes.

If ever you have a concern, always go to your vet.
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Lumps are usually hard. Soft ones are usually fat cells.


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Achilles' cancerous lump was soft and moveable.


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Lumps are usually hard. Soft ones are usually fat cells.


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Not really this isnt true. I wouldnt go by that if I had concerns
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys - I don't have any worries about Dozer right now, but I do know that Boxers are prone to cancer, so I want to be aware.
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I just noticed last night I penny size lump on my boxers inner thigh, I was going to wait a couple days before I call my vets to make an appointment to size if it goes away in case a bug bit him.
I know boxer are prone to cancer and I will do everything to make sure he gets the proper treatment needed, but has anyone dealt with a similar issue. And if so what did you do?


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If it were me and I had concerns I would watch the lump for any changes in shape or size doing this daily. I would also watch to see if it starts oozing etc. For me it depends on the age of the dog. I mean yes cancer can strike dogs as young as a year I have seen it before in the Pet Cancer Support group I belong to, albeit rare. Im more apt to be moving faster and getting things checked on a middle aged to senior dog then I would a dog less then 5 years. But again thats just my personal opinion.
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