How is canine cancer diagnosed?

Usually it is not possible for the vet to tell whether an animal has cancer just by looking. Blood tests to screen for cancer are still in their infancy. Further tests, such as blood samples and x-rays, are often needed. Ultrasound or MRI scanning may be suggested.

What causes canine hemangiosarcoma?

Though it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of this cancer, a combination of genetic and environmental factors is assumed. In pets who suffer the skin (cutaneous) version, exposure to sunlight is considered a significant risk factor. Unfortunately, the prognosis for most hemangiosarcoma patients is poor.

Is it common to have hemangiopericytoma in dogs?

Hemangiopericytoma in Dogs. Fortunately, this tumor has a high rate of successful treatment, but it must be treated before it has grown to unmanageable proportions. Although relatively rare, metastasis is reported in about 20 percent of patients. In dogs this tumor is more common in large-breeds than in small-breeds.

How can you tell if a dog has hemangiosarcoma?

Diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma can be accomplished in a number of ways. Identification of a tumor in the spleen or heart raises a high degree of suspicion for this tumor. Abdominal swelling is also highly suggestive in an older large breed dog.

How big is a hemangioma on a cat?

They are more common in dogs but do occur in cats, as well. Hemangiomas can vary in color from bluish to purple to reddish-black or purplish-black. Most hemangiomas appear to be raised lumps but we have seen some that just looked like skin discoloration. They can vary in size from very small to as large as several centimeters in diameter.

What do you know about a hemangiopericytoma biopsy?

The biopsy came back as a Hemangiopericytoma. What do you know about this type of tumor? The biopsy report said this never metastasizes, but has a high recurrence rate. Our vet checked into radiation for Katie.