What causes lymphoma?
Veterinary researchers from around the world have been able to connect incidents of mutation in certain genes to the development of two types of lymphoma, Pet Health Network reports. The study, published in Genome Research, has provided insight on how selective breeding could be helpful in avoiding the disease.
Environmental factors are also linked to lymphoma, the Canine Cancer Foundation reports. Pesticides and herbicides commonly applied to residential lawns may actually increase occurences of the disease. In one study of pet owners whose animals died because of lymphoma, many of their homes had seen regular applications of these chemicals by a professional service.
“Scientists found that dogs with malignant lymphoma were 70 percent more likely to live in a home where professionally applied lawn pesticides had been used,” the CCF website maintains. “Dogs with the serious malignancy were also 170 percent more likely to come from homes where owners used chemical insecticides to combat pests inside of the home.”
How Do I Know If My Dog Has Canine Cancer?
Dogs that suffer from lymphoma or other types of cancer may show signs of fatigue or weakness, or refuse to eat, eventually dropping below a healthy weight, PetMD reports.
If any of these signs are present in your dog, you should see a veterinarian immediately, providing a full history of your pet’s health and environment for an accurate diagnosis. The presence of lymphoma may be determined through platelet and white blood cell count, but X-rays and ultrasounds are often ordered to confirm the findings.
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