The liver is a very busy organ due to its multifunctional abilities. Almost all biochemical processes in the body make use of the liver. For example, the liver takes the biggest share of the pie in converting food to energy, detoxification of the body (waste management), synthesizes proteins and in the blood supply system.
Because the liver hosts a multitude of functions, it's only natural that it faces the most risks of diseases than any other parts of your dog's body. Luckily, the liver is one tough organ that even if 80% of its mass is affected by diseases, it could still function properly to preserve well-being. Loosely said, it's still possible for the liver to sustain the life of your dog even if a major infection or tumor is crippling it.
The bad news is that most of the signs of liver cancer in dogs are subtle and very generic. At first glance, it can be thought as just an ordinary illness when in fact it's already the first stage of liver cancer. Most of the time, it's too late for any treatment to be effective because the cancer is already in its advanced stage.
If your dog is showing some symptoms that you can't explain or any erratic behavior lately, it's better to get him to the nearest vet. Your doctor can check and verify if liver cancer is indeed springing up.
Detecting liver cancer in dogs takes at the very least your keen observation. This simple gesture can save the life of your dog. Any form of treatment is always helpful to maintain your dog's well-being. In the case of liver cancer, the chances of survival are high because of the organ's enormous capacity for regeneration.
Notable Signs of Liver Cancer in Dogs
1. Swollen or dilated stomach due to the accumulation of the fluid because the filtration and circulation processes are failing.
2. Your dog coils in pain when lifted in the stomach or palpating.
3. Gastrointestinal disturbance such as diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.
4. The liver's inefficiency to process bile is manifested by replacing the natural brown color of feces into a light colored one.
5. Orange colored urine due to jaundice. Excessive urination or peeing due to the disturbance of salt levels in the blood.
Some neurological-related symptoms include seizures, aimless circling or pacing, head pressing to any object, jaundice, depression, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, anemia and thirstiness.
Signs of bleeding are extremely rare in liver cancer. Prognosis of liver cancer includes determining the extent of cancer reach (metastasis) and stage. Typically, in advanced cases, the purpose lies not to find a cure but to improve the quality of life.