Having your vet tell you that your dog’s diagnosis is cancer of any form will of course be very shocking and distressing, but when it comes to bone cancers this can be even more so, as many dog owners don’t really understand how bone cancer occurs and what problems it causes. Additionally, while “bone cancer” is widely used as a catch-all heading to explain the basics of what is amiss, there are actually several different types of canine bone cancers, each of which has a different action, set of symptoms, and prognosis for the dog in question.
Your vet will be able to talk you through the full details of your dog’s diagnosis, what this means for them and how treatment or management might be attempted; but in this article, we will provide a basic introduction to the various different types of bone cancers that can affect dogs, their action, and likely prognosis. Read on to learn more.
Primary bone cancer
The term “primary bone cancer” is used to describe cancers that originate within the bones themselves, rather than those that begin in another area of the body and then spread to affect the bones themselves.
There are three different types of core primary bone cancers, which are fibrosarcoma, osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma respectively, and we will look at each of these in a little more detail further on. …continue reading this article on Pets4Homes