Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, I see a wide range of bulldog tumors in my practice. Many pet owners erroneously assume that a tumor is synonymous with cancer, thus carries a grave outcome. Fortunately, many of those tumors, growths, and masses presented and found are benign, at times local and/or slow to grow, thus they can often be safely monitored, or excised, with minimal long-term consequences.
It is important that you don’t make any assumptions nor ignore a lump, mass, growth you see or palpate. It is best you consult your veterinarian and have it checked.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MYTH and MYTH BUSTER:
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PAINLESS TUMOR MYTH: ” My bulldog’s recently found tumor does not seem to inflict any pain, it is not bothering her one bit, thus it can be ignored”.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PAINLESS TUMOR MYTH BUSTER: Pain or lack of it should not be your criteria, bad tumors can be painless when you first find them.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PAINFUL TUMOR MYTH: “My bulldog’s recently found tumor seems to inflict pain. Every time I touch it, she flinched, thus it must be cancerous”.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PAINFULL TUMOR MYTH BUSTER: painful growth/mass tumors might be benign or something else altogether like an abscess or an allergic reaction.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TUMOR SIZE MYTH: “Dr. Kraemer, My French bulldog skin tumor is only pea size, thus can be ignored”.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TUMOR SIZE MYTH BUSTER: It is critical that you don’t make any assumptions, nor ignore a small lump, mass, growth you see or palpate. Tumor size should not be your call for action criteria. It is best you consult your veterinarian and have it checked.
Small mass cell tumors can transform into an aggressive type if not removed and a large lipoma (fatty tumor) is often harmless.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TUMOR DIAGNOSIS MYTH: “Dr. Kraemer, you have seen all kind of tumors, and we heard that you are a bulldog expert. If I send you a photo of my English bulldog new skin tumor would you be able to tell me if Rambo will be ok?”
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TUMOR DIAGNOSIS MYTH BUSTER: your veterinarian can make an initial evaluation based on the location, size, color, consistency, mobility of your bulldog suspected tumor, but he or she do not possess a high-power microscopic vision. Thus, it is usually recommended that either cytology or a biopsy (histopathology) is done for further evaluation, treatment options, and prognosis.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP 1: even though most tumors diagnosis is not made by blood testing, it is always recommended to add general health blood and urine panel to assess the pet general condition. Some tumors can be diagnosed by blood tests such as tumors affecting the bone marrow and blood cell production.
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP 2: screening for tumors and cancer with radiographs and at times other imaging such as ultrasound, CT and MRI are usually recommended for detection of metastatic disease (spreading of the tumor)
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP 3: therapeutic treatments are customized to each tumor by taken to account the pet’s age, cost, adverse effect, and owners’ preferences each and all are part of the best outcome decision making. Nevertheless, there are several common sense, across the board considerations that should always be discussed such as:
- Proper Diet and Nutrients
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Palliative Pain Control
- Supplements and nutraceuticals such as:
Immune Support and Anti-Oxidants such as Dr. Kraemer’s
Stress Relief & Anti-Anxiety such as Dr. Kraemer’s
Replenishing Good GI Bacteria, gastrointestinal irritation and liver toxicity especially dogs on immune suppressant and chemotherapy such as Dr. Kraemer’s
Manage discomfort and pain such as Dr. Kraermers:
Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING 1: Not all tumors can be seen or felt some are situated inside your pet skeletal, deep tissue, abdominal or chest cavity, brain, internal organs, etc. Those type tumors are usually identified by imaging techniques such as radiographs, ultrasound, MRI and CT. Nevertheless, for a definitive diagnosis, a biopsy or cytology would still be required.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs SHORTLIST:
1. BULLDOG MAST CELL TUMOR
Bulldogs mast cell tumors (MCTs) are neoplastic accumulations of mast cells that can produce deleterious effects. They might present as itchy lesion and can remain small and “innocent” looking for months or longer. MCTs often remain unchanged in size for months to years before presentation. Occasionally, bulldogs are presented for GI irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, bloody stool secondary to histamine-induced gastric acid secretion.
Mast cell tumors in bulldogs have a highly variable appearance and may be mistaken for lipomas, skin tags, or insect bites. thus they should always be biopsied or/and cytological exam performed
When possible always remove a bulldog or French bulldog mast cell tumor with wide margins to prevent it to transform into a much more aggressive form
2.BULLDOG MAMMERY GLAND BREAST TUMOR
Bulldogs mammary gland tumors (MGT) are the type of tumors that arise from breast tissues. Approximately 50 percent of these tumors are malignant but spaying your bulldog or French bulldog prior to their first estrus cycle (heat cycle) reduces the chances by over 95% chance. The suspect tumor should be biopsied and removed with associated breast tissue. Chest radiographs are often taken pre-surgically to r/o spreading to the lungs.
If your bulldog or French bulldog was not spayed its recommended to do so at the same time
3. BULLDOG LIPOMA
Bulldog Lipoma (bulldog fatty tumors) are most common in older bulldogs and French Bulldogs, they are typically slow to grow and they are usually soft and found under the skin layer. Infiltrative Lipoma are less defined, less common and usually embedded deeper.
Due to the benign nature of the common bulldog and French bulldog lipoma removal is not necessary, but if they become too large impacting your pet’s comfort or when they are the infiltrative type they should be removed.
4. BULLDOG HEART BASE TUMOR
Bulldog Heart Base Tumors (aortic body tumors, e.g. chemodectoma) are seen more commonly in brachycephalic breeds like English bulldogs and French bulldogs. They are typically nonresectable but slow growing and unlikely to metastasize.
If marked pericardial effusion arises with these tumors, pericardiectomy can be palliative.