Bladder cancer is a cancerous tumor in the bladder. The cause of bladder cancer, or carcinoma is unknown, however it is believed that certain lawn pesticides and chemicals may increase the chances of cancer occurring in pets. Certain breeds, such as Beagles, Scottish Terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, West Highland White Terriers, and Wirehaired Fox Terriers, are known to have a higher chance of developing bladder cancer.
Symptoms may include bloody urine, painful and frequent urination, difficulty breathing, and difficulty exercising. Symptoms can arise months before diagnosis, therefore if your pet is showing any of these symptoms, and they persist, a trip to the veterinarian for additional tests should be conducted to diagnose the underlying problem and rule out cancer if possible.
Diagnosis includes several diagnostic tests such as a thorough medical history, blood cell count, x-rays, urinalysis, ultrasound, and cytology exams. Treatment options are surgery, medications, and chemotherapy. With current advances in medicine and technology, pets with cancer have a much higher chance of survival. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better.
For further information about Bladder Cancer in pets, check out our Pet Health Concern Guide and see why Trupanion pet insurance may be right for you and your pet. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet health insurance, your pets policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
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