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Dogs can be a human’s best friend, so you know how your dog is going to act on most days because each one has their own distinct personality. That’s why it can be scary when they start acting strangely, and you don’t know how to help them. To keep this from happening in your future, read up on common dog skin allergies so you can take a deep breath. Knowing what the problem is will be half your battle.

Alopecia in Dogs

Alopecia is the technical way to say hair loss, and while it’s more widely known for being something humans deal with, dogs can also be affected. Sometimes it just appears as a thinning of your dog’s hair in places you might not think of as concerning, like the tip of their nose or their ears. However, it can quickly turn into hair loss in giant chunks all over the body.

This skin condition, as well as others, are most often first accompanied by symptoms such as rubbing their face and constant scratching, as well as chewing on their feet or even ear infections. The best way to determine the course of treatment for alopecia is to talk with your vet. Your dog could need just a good bath with the right shampoo, or even medication.

The Common Menace: Pruritus

If you notice your dog constantly scratching without hair loss, they’re probably struggling with Pruritus. This just means that their skin has been irritated and they feel the need to scratch, and it can happen for any number of reasons. Allergies can inflame the skin or even a change in diet. This good news is that this doesn’t require a vet trip to get your dog some help.

The best thing you can do for your furry best friend is go to the pet store and get a calming, restorative shampoo. Instead of grabbing what you usually do, look for a shampoo based in oatmeal, since it’s a neutral formula that will soothe the skin. Use this until you notice the itching go away, and then opt for a permanent sensitive-skin shampoo instead.

Flea Allergy Hotspots

Fleas are a nuisance to dogs, not only because of the risks that they pose, but also because dogs can be allergic to them as well. If your dog is allergic to fleas and gets bitten by one, they’ll start itching, losing hair and showing red skin. The most noticeable symptom will be the “hotspots,” which are red spots with no hair that appear above the hind legs and the tail head.

To get rid of the fleas, put a flea collar on your dog or take them to a vet for medication. In addition, it’d be smart to use some oatmeal shampoo to calm their irritation spots and give them some peace of mind. If your vet gives your dog medication that is applied to the coat and not taken orally, take care not to bathe your dog too quickly and wash the medication away.

Protein Intolerance

Some dogs are actually allergic to certain amounts of protein, which can cause them to experience symptoms like itchy skin. To tell this apart from other diagnoses, your dog would also have an upset stomach or swollen tongue.

Sound like what your dog is experiencing? Your vet will have to run tests on your dog’s bloodwork to determine the specific allergy, and they may even do a skin test. If it truly is an issue with diet, your vet will be able to point you to the right food, and may advise that you dog skip certain treats and bones.

 

When your dog starts to experience skin issues, you may feel panicked because you’re not sure how to handle the situation. Is it something temporary and easy to fix with a bath, or should you go to your vet? While you might not be able to afford a vet visit, you should always call and ask for advice before deciding what to do on your own.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, and go follow her on Twitter!

When you or a member of your family are ill, you can usually express what’s wrong. With your dog, it’s not so simple. A dog may be able to show some signs that it’s sick or injured through limping or through a change in their diet, but sometimes the signs aren’t so obvious. Keep an eye out for these not-so-obvious signs that your dog is sick and get them to the vet immediately if you’re concerned.

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1. They’re not behaving like their usual self

Just like when you’re not feeling at your best, you might find that your dog is irritable or isn’t as energetic as they would normally be. Changes in behavior can be a clear indicator that something is wrong with your dog. It might just last a day or several days, but if you notice a change that doesn’t resolve itself, book an appointment with your vet.

2. Changes in their coat

You will be used to knowing the condition your dog’s coat should be in. Longer haired dogs will have coats that are usually full and glossy, while short haired dogs might be coarser. If you notice that your dog’s coat is starting to dull or you notice a rash or skin condition, especially if they’ve not shown similar symptoms in the past – you should keep a close eye and seek help if things don’t improve. Grooming your dog regularly is important for bonding, but it will also to help keep their coat in good condition and alert you to any changes.

3. Their sleeping habits have changed

Once a dog settles into a home, they will usually develop a sleeping routine. You might find that your dog goes to bed when you do, and may have naps during the day as well. If you notice that your dog sleeps longer than usual and that it’s you waking them up rather than the other way around, there might be something wrong. It never hurts to take your dog to the vet for a check over if something’s up, and sussing out a good insurance provider through petinsurance.review can help you out if treatment is needed. Dogs’ sleeping habits will change as they get older, but any sudden changes should be monitored closely.

4. They’re drinking a lot of water

Like us, dogs will drink more water when they’re dehydrated, it’s hot out, or they’ve been for exercise. If your dog seems to be drinking more than you’d expect, it could be a sign that something’s up. Dogs can suffer from a range of different health conditions, including kidney damage and diabetes. Any changes in your dog’s drinking habits should be monitored closely. If your home is too warm or they sleep next to a heating source, try making the area cooler to see if that has any effect.

 

Dogs are usually good communicators when something isn’t right, but you shouldn’t always take this for granted. Keep an eye on any behavior that is out of the ordinary and see your vet straight away if you think your pet is unwell. It’s better to be safe than sorry and could help you diagnose a problem early to get your pooch on the mend.

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I think it’s going to be a bit of an understatement when I say that we all want our dogs to be happy and healthy, but it’s true. When I spoke about desensitizing to thunder, it made me think about stress in dogs in general. Because thunder can cause stress in dogs, or at least invoke it if they mirror my (or your) behavior as I said, but it’s not the only thing. In fact, there are lots of different things that can stress dogs out. And we know what it feels like to be stressed and anxious – it sucks. So for me, trying to stop my dogs from being distressed is highly important.

 

Spot Those Tell All Signs

 

Spotting the signs of stress is going to be the first part of you stopping them. And actually, it’s surprisingly easy. Our dogs are often creatures of habit – you can know their temperament and behaviors like the back of your hand. So noticing when they’re acting strangely can be easy.

 

They can’t tell you, but they can show you. The things that I would look out for the most are any changes in their common behaviors like having accidents or not eating. And although at first you might get stressed yourself and wonder why you have to stop your dog peeing in the house again(!), you should see it as a warning sign. Sometimes, you’ll be able to notice right away.

 

Get A Second Opinion

 

But remember that accidents or changes in temperaments or eating could be a sign of something more serious than stress. I have gotten a second opinion in the past when I’ve been worried. So if you’re not 100% sure that your pups are stressed, go and speak to your veterinarian first just in case.

 

Always Balance Everything – For The Sake Of Their Health

 

So, on to what we all can all try and do to keep that dreaded stress at bay. I would always try and figure out what the trigger is, like thunder, and remove it where possible. Although you can’t help when the weather turns, if it is anything you can control, you need to be able to do that. For me, car trips can sometimes be a trigger, so I try to limit them or at least keep them balanced. Dogs are creatures of habits, so I always try to keep them to their routine and ensure they are balanced – rather than change things up that could set them off.

 

Trying Some TLC

 

With anything, you can’t control, or if you can see that your dog is stressed, I would highly suggest giving them some TLC. Dogs respond so well to touch, and it can really calm them down. I always give my dog a big cuddle and some fuss when stress sets in, or even to try and combat it from setting in in the first place.

 

And If All Else Fails…

 

Music helps dogs to chill out and stay calm.It sounds silly, but it’s true. And I know when I’m stressed out I play some of my favorite songs to chill out too. So when you can see that they’re stressed, put on a song, and cuddle them. Believe me; it can often be the key to keeping your dog away from distress.

Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

Is pet insurance right for you? Is it right for your pet? How much will it cost and what does it cover? If you are thinking about purchasing a pet insurance policy but are not sure what you should buy or what type of coverage your pet should have – read the below to find out. Everyone’s situation is unique and there are many options available for you to choose from.

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Three Types of Pet Insurance

In general, there are three types of pet insurance; accident, wellness and comprehensive. Many factors will determine what type of coverage you choose such as breed (some are more prone to certain types of illness), age (older dogs have more health problems and are more susceptible to accidents) and cost (what you can afford). Learn what is available then decide what would be best for you and your pet.

1. Accident Coverage – What if your pet was hit by a car and had to be rushed to the nearest veterinary hospital? Could you afford a potential $15,000 bill for care? Accidents covered in this type of policy also include: broken bones, toxic exposures, swallowed objects and burns

2.Wellness Coverage – Routine care such as vaccinations, worming, dental cleanings and checkups. According to ConsumerAdvocate.org 82% of companies do not include this coverage. It increases the overall policy rate when it is more cost-effective to pay these expenses yourself.

3.Comprehensive Coverage – Pays for accidents and illnesses plus routine care. There may be a cap on the total amount you can claim in a year. You may have to pay the vet or hospital bill yourself, then get reimbursed by the carrier.

It is important to point out that each policy will be different – you need to know what the carrier will cover and what it will not. As the saying goes, ‘read the fine print’.

Some things to think about are: Is an exam by a veterinarian needed? What is the co-pay? How much of the bill will the carrier pay after the deductible? Are pre-existing conditions covered? What about a chronic illness? Is your pet covered while traveling? Does your veterinarian or vet hospital need to be pre-approved by the company?  Are medications covered in the policy?

Some companies will not cover congenital (present at birth) or hereditary (genetic, passed to offspring from parents) conditions. If you are curious what these may entail, read this article to learn about genetic disorders in dogs: The 6 Most Common Genetic Disorders in Dogs. Examples are: hip dysplasia, bladder stones, epilepsy, heart disease and degenerative myelopathy.

Does your short-snouted dog snore or have trouble breathing? He or she may have Brachycephalic Syndrome. This refers to problems with the upper airways and can require extensive care during their lifespan.

This article describes common genetic disorders in cats and the cat breeds (or mixed breeds) that may have them: 7 Common Genetic Disorders in Cats. Examples are: urinary tract disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and blindness.

What Does a Pet Insurance Policy Cost?

If the thought of purchasing yet more insurance and having a monthly premium to pay makes your skin crawl or break out in hives… you are not alone. Many Americans feel nickeled and dimed to death and lowering their living expenses is a main priority. Can I afford it, may be the primary concern when considering pet insurance.

For those who are not independently wealthy and would not be able to afford a $5000-$10,000 vet hospital bill out-of-pocket, having an insurance policy at an approximate cost of $30-$70 per month may be worth the cost. Others may want to roll the dice and bet on the possibility their dog or cat will never be seriously ill or injured during their lifetime. The choice is yours.

To get an idea of how much it would cost to insure your pet for the type of coverage you want use this online tool: PetInsurer.com – America’s Pet Insurance Comparison Site. Quoted from the Pet Insurer website: “Every six minutes a pet parent pays over $4,200 on vet bills.” Something to think about when deciding whether to buy a policy or not.

Pet Insurance Companies in the U.S.

According to ConsumerAdvocate.org the top three U.S. insurance companies in 2017 that provide coverage for pets are: HealthyPaws, PetPlan and Embrace. Trupanion is another pet insurance company and they do provide some coverage for genetic and hereditary conditions. Each company is different as to what they offer and what they will and will not cover.

You Want the Best For Your Pet

Most pet owners are as devoted to their four-legged family member as parents are to a beloved child. “He or she is part of the family” is how these owners think and feel. Their pet isn’t just an animal, it is a cherished member of the family.

These owners choose to invest in an insurance policy for their dog or cat as they don’t want to ever have to face the heart-wrenching decision of whether to pay for quality medical care or have to euthanize the animal because they can’t afford the treatment. Purchasing a policy is not only responsibly preparing for any situation that may occur during the animal’s lifetime  – it gives peace of mind.

If that sounds like you, research your options, find a policy for your pet that you can afford and then leave your worries behind. Enjoy your time with Fido or Garfield as long as he or she is a part of your life.

Jayson is a writer from Phoenix, Arizona who loves pets!  He is a proud owner of a beautiful puppy and wants to share the joy of pet ownership with others.  He hopes to encourage people to keep their pets happy and healthy year-round.

 

How To Treat Pet Fleas

Pet owners love their pets like family but usually they fear the summer season as it usually brings the onset of fleas. Fleas tend to create a lot of problems for the pet and pet owners are unable to see their family members in such a state.

Fleas are insects that usually abound in the summer as the temperature is ideal for them. Fleas are not insects that fly but are insects that jump from one animal to another. If a pet comes in contact with a pet that is infested with fleas then that pet also gets infested. The pet usually starts scratching the place where the flea bites. This could lead to swelling, loss of hair and other infections. Even one flea can cause a whole lot of problems to the pet. Hence it is imperative to treat fleas.

The first and effective way for pet flea treatment is to diagnose if the pet has fleas. You do not need to do anything, all you need is a comb and when you comb the hair you will be able to see the fleas if they are there. Usually fleas are found in the belly region and you can easily find them there.  Once you have diagnosed that the pet has fleas then you can start thinking about the treatment.

There are many types of pet flea treatments and when you want to provide relief to the pet immediately then you can opt for chemical or non-chemical pet treatments. Chemical treatments mean pills and powders that can be dusted on the pet etc. Pills actually start working immediately and most fleas are actually killed within a few hours. Powders etc take time to kill the fleas but they are also a good option.

Non-chemical flea treatments include shampoos that you need your pet to get soaked in for at least ten minutes. These will kill the fleas and some shampoos will just stun the fleas and you need to comb it out with a flea comb.

If you think that this treatment is enough then you are mistaken. Chemical or non-chemical treatment is not enough. You need to take care of the environment in which the pet stays. In reality the fleas abound in 4 states like the butterfly. They are eggs, followed by larvae, followed by the pupa and finally the flea. The eggs can be anywhere in the house when a pet is infested with fleas The eggs can become larvae soon and can be in the crevices on the floor or in the carpet etc. Then they get into the pupa stage and they can remain in this stage for a very long time. When they feel that the right environment is near, namely your pet, they will come out and immediately start feeding on your pet. Hence it becomes necessary to treat the home along with the pet. You need to take care of your home completely and ensure that fleas cannot come anywhere near your house or your pet.

None of us enjoy being unwell. As well as having a physical strain on our bodies, illness knocks us out mentally. It makes us sorry for ourselves and in need of loving. And, it’s no different when your dog gets ill. Too often, we forget that illness is just as unpleasant for our pups. The trouble is, if we don’t pamper them a little when they’re suffering, their recovery could take longer. That’s why you should think about how you feel when you’re ill. Consider what makes you feel better, and how you could apply those same methods for your dog. If you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to make their illness more bearable.

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Surround them with their favorite things

When we’re ill, we like our creature comforts. We snuggle in blankets and cuddle with the stuffed toys we keep for display. The chances are, your dog will want the same when they’re ill. The only difference is, they can’t get what they need. So, it’s your job to make sure your poorly pooch has their favorite things. Grab that blanket they love, and let them lie on it. Put their favorite toys in their basket with them. Oh, and don’t forget their favorite thing of all – you! Snuggling up with the people they love most is sure to bring them some comfort. Not to mention that it’ll be wonderful quality time for you! So, take the time to sit in with them and give them plenty of love. Love is, after all, the best medicine.

Pretend the pills aren’t there

If the vet prescribes medicine, your dog’s illness could get worse before it gets better. While it is, of course, there to cure the problem, your dog won’t see it that way. And, who can blame them? Swallowing chunky pills or horrible liquid is the last thing anyone wants when they’re already feeling sick. To ensure this doesn’t exacerbate their misery, do your best to pretend the pills or medicine aren’t there. Something like the Paws IQ Pilltreats are fantastic for this as they have a hole ideal for pills to fit into. Or, you could try wrapping pills in cheese, or simply crumbling them over your pooch’s dinner. Bear in mind that dogs usually cotton on fast. Try using a different method each time to avoid detection.

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Let them rest

 

When we’re ill, it can sometimes make us feel better just to get out of the house. But, that’s where humans and dogs vary. Your dog won’t keep lying around when they start to feel better. As such, there’s no need to disturb them when they’re resting. You can be sure that, if they’re sleeping a lot, they need it. Don’t think that dragging them out for a walk is going to perk them up. They’ll let you know when they’re ready to get out and about again. Until then, let them rest as much as they need!

Our dogs are so much more than just pets, they’re furry members of the family. We have so much love in our hearts for these little creatures, and as pet owners do everything we can to ensure they’re kept happy and healthy. However, the problem with dogs is when they do feel unwell, they do a good job at hiding it. This is an evolutionary technique which might have helped them in the wild, but makes our job so much harder. It’s not like you can simply ask them if they feel ok or if anything hurts! There are some subtle signs though that can give you a clue that Rover might need to go and visit the vets. Here are just a few of them.

 

Off Their Food and Drink

Most dogs are very food motivated, so if they’re off their food or drink it can be a cause for concern. If they won’t touch their regular dog food, try them with a piece of cheese or meat. If they refuse it (and you’re sure it’s because they’re not just full) be sure to keep an eye on them. It could be a simple infection or something they have eaten hasn’t agreed with them, but your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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A Change in Toileting Habits

It’s not the most pleasant job as a dog owner, but when you’re cleaning up your dogs waste, it’s worth having a quick look to ensure nothing is out of the ordinary. A dramatic change in color, consistency or the appearance of worms obviously indicates that something isn’t right. It’s not always a cause for concern right away, but keep an eye on them especially if your dog is displaying other symptoms of being unwell. Dogs can be sensitive to ingredients used in cheaper dog food which can cause digestive issues amongst other things. This dog health article states you should feed a good quality food to keep them at their best. Ideally you need to be choosing a brand which is grain free, since this can disrupt the delicate balance of a dog’s system.

Sleeping More Often Than Usual

Different dogs can be very different in how much they sleep. Some dogs are very lazy and will like to spend most of the day napping, whereas others are much more active. Just like people, dogs are all different, so it’s about knowing what’s normal for them. While older dogs will naturally slow down and sleep more- if you notice a change in your dog’s sleeping behavior it’s a symptom of illness. If they seem very drowsy or fatigued, it’s important to contact the vet right away.

 

Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps are common in dogs, they’re not always a sign of something sinister but are always something to have checked out by a vet. With very fluffy dogs it can be tricky to feel for any lumps, but spend some time grooming and checking them (they will just see it as fuss!) to make sure everything is as it should be.

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When the summer hits, most of us are just looking forward to the warmer weather. It’s a bit of a selfish couple of months because we tend to put our thoughts towards what we’re going to wear, what we’re going to do, where we’re going and so much more. There’s not much thought given to the other people in our life – especially not our pet dogs. At least, not as much thought as we should be giving them. Summer can be a hard time for our pooches, and they deserve to be given a comfortable ride.

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Check Tarmac

 

Although most dogs have hardened paws to get them through tough terrain, those who aren’t used to living in hot countries aren’t used to treading on tarmac that has heated up. Their paws have no resistance to it, and it can end up burning them. We have shoes to keep our feet safe, but dogs don’t. If you can’t physically walk on the pavement outside, then don’t expect a dog to. The best thing that you can do is place the back of your hand onto the floor and see how hot it is. If you’re removing it quicker than you expected, don’t take your dog out. It’s best to walk them early in the morning or late at night, before the sun has risen enough that its heat has thoroughly absorbed into the ground.

 

Provide Outside Shelter

 

If there is no shade outside for your dogs, you need to think about providing some. The best dog houses for your garden are the ones that are ventilated and offer a cool retreat, and you can find reviews online for them at sites such as Paw Castle.  The great thing about them is that they come in a variety of materials to suit your budget and the style of your garden. Whether wooden or plastic, it’s more important that you’re looking at it as a source of comfort for your dog away from the heat.

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Paddling Pools – Not Just For Kids!

 

Most dogs love the water – especially if they’re retrievers. You may find that if you have a swimming pool or paddling pool, your dog will automatically try to jump in anyway. It provides a great way for them to cool down as well as a fun activity for them to do. If you’re not able to walk them at any other time of the day, this is a good source of exercise for them, and they’ll love dipping in and out while the sun is shining down. You only need a small, cheap one to provide the entertainment.

 

Trim Away

 

If your dog is a long-haired breed or need regular trimming, make sure that they are fully cut down before the warm weather really hits. Think about it as you having your hair down on a hot day or tying it back – you know which one you’d rather do to keep from heating up. It’s the same with dogs, so go as low as you can with the fur cut to keep them cool over the summer.

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We spent a long time waiting for winter to turn to spring, and now we’re not too far away from seeing spring turn to summer! A lot of people begin to concern themselves a lot with what they’re going to do to keep themselves comfortable when the weather starts to get uncomfortably hot. But what if you share your home with a dog?

 

Many people seem to assume that pets are able to take care of themselves when it comes to these warm months. And while they may seem perfectly happy to be basking in the sun most of the time, there are actually a few problems that can come with the summer months if you’re not getting yourself and your dog ready.

 

So let’s take a quick look at the ways in which you and your furry friend should be preparing for the upcoming heat!

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

During the colder months of the year, your dog’s fur will have been growing at a faster rate in order to keep in the warmth. Owners don’t tend to get their dog’s fur cut during those months, generally because they understand why it’s grown out so much. But a lot of owners underestimate how warm all that fur can get once the sun is a bit closer! When the blaze begins, your friend simply doesn’t need all that fur.

 

It can be very difficult to tell just how uncomfortable a dog is in a given season, but there are some signs you should have your eye out for. Excessive panting and a lot of fluid drinking will tip you off to their increasing heat levels. Get their fur clipped to ensure maximum comfort.

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Pests abound

 

When the sun is out and blazing, plenty of pests come out to play. It becomes a bigger risk in your household, but it’s the outdoors with which you really need to concern yourself. Dogs will spent more time playing around the grass, where ticks, fleas, and other pests abound.

 

Basically, it’s a lot easier for dogs to get dirtier, unhygienic, and pest-ridden during summer. So it’s best to ensure that you give them a good wash more frequently than you would during colder months. You can visit Jim’s Dog Wash today if you need assistance. Aside from that, ensure your pup has the right vaccines and medications to hand.

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Microchipping

 

Dogs will get way more adventurous during these months. So there are a couple of things you should consider here. The more adventurous dogs get, the more likely it is they’re going to lose their collar. In fact, it may even increase the risk of your dog getting lost if it starts chasing after another of nature’s summer wildlife creatures!

 

So microchipping is something you may want to consider if your dog only has a collar. If for any reason you can’t get your dog microchipped, then make sure the collar tag has all the relevant information possibly required in case your furry friend ends up getting a little lost.

 

 

 

Can Dogs have skin Cancer?

Protected from the sun by a set of fur, it doesn’t come in our mind very often that our dogs might have skin cancer, but the fact is, they might and cancer tumors on the skin are the most common type of tumor in dogs. Skin cancer is as dangerous to dogs as it is to human and could be fatal, fortunately, if diagnosed early, there is a good chance that it can be cured. In the length of this article, how to spot unusual lumps on your dog’s skin and what action to take will be concerned.

  1. Types of skin cancer

One of the most common types of skin cancer in dogs is malignant melanoma. This type of cancer is found mostly on the part of body covered with hair. They are known to grow fast and spread to the dog’s organ. It is believed that genetics has a role to play in forming this type of cancer as well as trauma or compulsive licking of a certain spot.

Squamous cell carcinoma is another popular cancer in dogs. This is usually caused by the dog’s too much exposure to the sun. It is also suspected that it has something to do with the papilloma virus. Although they do not spread to surrounding lymph nodes, they can destroy tissues around the tumor due to their aggression.

The most common type is mast cell tumors, which occurs in the immune system’s mast cells. It is unknown that what causes this type of skin cancer though some cases have been recorded to have inflammation or irritants on the skin.

  1. Why?

All dogs have fur to cover their body except for the ears and the nose that has little to none to shield from the sun. Although sun damage to the skin could be a factor that leads to skin cancer in dogs, it is not the only cause. Age, color, and breed of dog also play an important role to such misfortune. Depending on the types of cancer, dogs in a certain age could suffer from that type of cancer. For example, melanomas are common among dogs from 5 to 11 years old, or malignant melanomas on the toe or in the toenail bed are more common in black dogs. Dysfunction in hormones is also worth considering.

  1. Symptoms

Mostly the symptom is just irregular lumps on the dog’s body. These lumps’ appearance might be different depending on the type of cancer.

For malignant melanoma, the lumps are benign melanocytomas with the size ranging from very small to 2.5 inches in diameter with different colors of black, brown, gray or red. This is often found in the dog’s mouth, lips, toenail bed and pads of the feet, which is often mistaken as a simple infection.

The tumors of squamous cell carcinoma are often firm and look like a wart. They are found mostly on the dog’s bellies and genitals and occasionally on their feet.

Mast cell tumors often grow very slow and feel like rubber, but some are aggressive and may ulcerate, making the area sore and inflamed

When you spot these differences on your dog’s skin, you should consult your vet so they can take a look and use medical tests to confirm and have suitable treatment, either it’s surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

  1. Recovery

After the removal, your dog still have to pay the vet a visit weekly for 2-3 weeks to recheck so examine healing and make sure the cancer does not come back. A cone on the neck could be applied to prevent scratching or licking on the area.

Antibiotics and painkiller might also be necessary to keep the dog comfortable so remember to give them as the vet advised and report to your vet about any bleeding, swelling, loss of suture or redness.

No precautions could be taken so the only thing you can do is to examine your dog’s skin regularly to spot the tumor early, increase your dog’s chance to survive.