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Cancer & Your Beagle

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie

Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma and Bladder Cancer are common in elderly beagles. While we do not pretend to be experts on the topic, we have been touched by Cancer in our dogs. To share some of the simplest information we thought it important to publish this particular page to help anyone going through the process of diagnosing, treating and handling all that cancer means.

The 10 Early Warning Signs of Cancer
(As published by the American Veterinary Medical Association)

Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
Sores that do not heal
Weight loss
Loss of appetite
Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Offensive odor
Profuse shedding
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Cancer Facts…

Cancer is the number 1 cause of death in senior aged dogs. The most common forms are lymphoma, Osteosarcoma, mammary cancer, and hemangiosarcoma.

Things that can cause cancer include:

• herbicides
• insecticides
• radiation exposure
• Viral infections
• Genetics
• Over vaccination of our pets
• Poor diet
• Chemical additives and preservatives in food

Diagnosing the disease

If cancer is suspected in your dog, a veterinarian may order x-rays, blood tests, ultrasounds. A biopsy (the removal of a piece
of tissue) is frequently performed for confirmation that cancer exists and to determine the level of severity from benign to
aggressively malignant (called grading).


Each diagnosis of cancer requires individual care and treatment planning. Conventional treatment may include a combination
of treatment therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or

Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) therapies include acupuncture, behavior modification,
homeopathy, herbal medicine, mega-nutrient augmentation therapy, nutritional therapy and chiropractic therapy.

Once diagnosed, your veterinarian will discuss the best treatment option(s) for your dog. In some instances, your veterinarian
may refer you to a board-certified oncologist (cancer specialist) depending upon the recommended course of treatment. It
never hurts to get a second opinion and to research clinical trials for which you dog may be eligible.


Treatment success depends upon the type and extent of the cancer, as well as the aggressiveness of therapy. Some cancers
can be cured and almost all patients can be helped to some degree.

Deciding on a course of treatment is a very personal thing that is best discussed between your veterinarian and yourself.

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Lab To Leash is a special division of our rescue. It brings to the forefront the working relationships that are possible between the biomedical research community and the rescue community. All of our retirees are super dogs that deserve a second chance at a great life. Please visit the Lab To Leash page to learn more about this wonderful program.