Canine Neuroendocrine Liver Cancer
- The cause of canine liver cancer is unknown. However, it may occur due to various environmental factors such as carcinogens, fungus, dyes, pesticides, food additives and other toxins.
- Symptoms of canine neuroendocrine liver cancer include vomiting, increased respiratory rate, weight loss, pale gums, anorexia, jaundice, weakness, difficulty breathing and difficult or painful defecation (dyschezia).
- While at a veterinarian's office, the affected dog will undergo several tests to rule out other health issues. To confirm canine liver cancer, various tests including blood tests, a biopsy of the affected tissue and an X-ray or ultrasound.
- Depending on the exact location of the neuroendocrine tumor, surgical removal may be possible. The dog may also undergo chemotherapy and in some cases, hospitalization with IV fluids and blood transfusions may be necessary.
- The prognosis for any cancer can vary greatly. With treatment, many dogs can continue to live out their lives. However, yearly ultrasounds and regular testing may be necessary to detect reoccurring tumors.