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Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment: Everything you need to know about liver cancer in dogs

Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment: Everything you need to know about liver cancer in dogs

Having your veterinarian diagnose your beloved dog with cancer is a devastating experience. It can be very difficult for many to deal with it and it can be very overwhelming because they simply don’t know what to do.

Frankly, the majority of people probably doesn’t even fully understand what a diagnosis of liver cancer means for their dog.

Your veterinarian will always give you the best and most reliable information, however, there are some facts you should probably know about liver cancer in dogs.

What is liver cancer

Liver cancer is usually the result of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the most common type of primary liver cancer (cancer that originates from the liver), but there are a few other types of liver cancer that can affect dogs, including bile duct carcinoma, neuroendocrine tumor, and mesenchymal tumor (sarcoma).

Symptoms of liver cancer in dogs

Sadly, many dogs with liver cancer are asymptomatic until the tumor reaches a large enough size to cause problems. However, as cancer progresses, dogs may show some of the following symptoms:

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Polydipsia (excessive thirst)
  • Diarrhea

Some less common symptoms are vomiting and seizures.

To get more information on this serious topic, as well as how it’s diagnosed and what treatment options exist please visit the website of American Kennel Club or click HERE.