Diseases your Bullmastiff may suffer from. Part 2.

Sometimes it happens that a dog falls ill. It is very difficult time for an owner especially in cases a disease is serious. Here we offer you to read information about health problems Bullmastiffs are susceptible to.  It may help to identify early rise of illness and to prevent bad end. The information given below includes: definition, symptoms, probable diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for future.  Even if you think that you have identified the illness right it is still necessary to see a vet to prevent undesirable results. This article will be about cancer - the most serious disease.


Cancer - is any type of malignant growth or tumour, caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division: it may spread through the lymphatic system or blood stream to other parts of the body. All breeds are prone to this kind of awful illness.

Exact cause:
  • Unknown.
Generally Bullmastiffs are prone to these kinds of cancer:

Hemangiosarcoma
. It is an aggressive form of cancer originating in the endothelial cells. It can appear anywhere in or on the body, but most commonly occurs in the spleen or other internal organs, and death can occur with little or no warning.

Symptoms:

  • A large mass may be felt in the abdomen;
  • Sudden blood loss such as weakness
  • A dog may collapse suddenly if the tumor ruptures.
  • Sometimes there may be no symptoms at all.
A vet may insist on:
  • Complete surgical excision of tumors in the skin.
Sometimes it may result in a good prognosis. When tumors are discovered elsewhere, the prognosis is poor.


Lymphosarcoma. It is aggressive form of cancer as well which involves the lymphatic system and sometimes the liver and spleen.

Symptoms
:
  • Everything depends upon the part of the body is affected.
  • The most obvious symptom is that lymph nodes are enlarged on the neck.
A vet may insist on:
  • Chemotherapy
It may be very effective. Prognosis is usually guarded.


Mast Cell Tumors. These tumors occur when blood cell typically associated with the body’s response to allergens or inflammation, become cancerous. They often appear in the skin as well as in other areas of the body, especially in the spleen, liver, bone marrow, and lymph nodes.

A vet may insist on:
  • Prompt surgical excision and biopsy of any skin tumor.
Removal of the tumors generally results in a good prognosis.


Osteosarcoma.
It is an aggressive form of bone cancer.

Symptoms:
  • lameness
  • swelling, most often in a front leg
A vet may insist on:
  • X-ray to confirm diagnosis.
  • Surgery and chemotherapy
Unfortunately the prognosis is usually poor.