Venereal sarcoma in dogs: treatment, symptoms
Dogs also have diseases that are transmittedSexually. One of them is transmissible sarcoma. This is a unique pathology, found only in dogs. This common malignant tumor develops on the mucous membrane of the genital organs.
Causes of the disease
Infection of a dog occurs only at sexualContact with a sick animal, so in another way the disease is called venereal sarcoma. Tumor in dogs is transmitted mechanically: a tiny piece sticks to the mucous membrane of the genital organs of a healthy dog and then grows into a full-blown tumor.
Primarily uncontrolled spreaders of the disease are stray dogs.
Signs of a venereal sarcoma in dogs
The main and first sign of the disease isIsolation from the genitals of blood drops. Owners of females can be deceived, having accepted this sign for the ongoing estrus. In males, bloody outflows with transmissible sarcoma can be confused with manifestations of prostatitis.
With venereal sarcoma, bloody outflows have a permanent character. The tumor itself can also be seen sometimes. It is painted in bright red and has a hilly bloody surface.
Despite the name, venereal sarcoma in dogs is not a cancerous tumor and does not pose a threat to animal life. Although it creates discomfort for the dog and the owner.
Treatment of venereal sarcoma in dogs
With this disease, both conservative and surgical treatment is possible.
- With conservative treatmentChemotherapy, that is, a combination of antitumor drugs is used. Although this method has a significant drawback - drugs are very toxic and difficult to tolerate by pets, up to a lethal outcome. Therefore, conservative treatment is preferred only in inoperable cases.
- With surgical treatment, all tumors are completely removed within the healthy tissue, so that there is no chance for re-growth of the tumor.
- This operation is simple, although the patient's condition can complicate serious bleeding or postoperative obstruction of the urethral mouth.
- In cases where the majority of the vagina is affected by the tumor, you may need a total removal of the vagina with a transfer to the abdominal wall of the urethra.
Prevention of this disease isSterilization or castration of a dog. This procedure will exclude sexual contact and relieve the pet not only from the possibility of infection with sarcoma, but the emergence of more dangerous cancer.