Canine oral tumors are abnormal growths that can be found anywhere within a dog’s mouth, including the gums, lips, tongue, and the bony structures. Oral tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), with malignant tumors often being aggressive and having the ability to spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of oral tumors in dogs can vary based on the type and size of the tumor, and the specific area of the mouth it affects. However, common symptoms can include:
- Visible Mass or Lump: This is often the first sign of an oral tumor. It may appear as a raised lump or growth in the mouth.
- Bad Breath (Halitosis): Oral tumors can lead to persistent bad breath.
- Difficulty Eating or Swallowing (Dysphagia): Dogs may drop food, seem uninterested in eating, or eat with one side of their mouth.
- Drooling: Increased drooling or saliva production can occur, sometimes with blood.
- Bleeding from the Mouth: Oral tumors can cause bleeding, which might be noticed on toys, food dishes, or when the dog is drooling.
- Loose Teeth: Oral tumors may cause teeth to become loose or displaced.
- Facial Swelling: Larger tumors may cause visible swelling of the face or jaw.
- Weight Loss: If the tumor makes eating difficult, dogs can lose weight.
Characteristics of oral tumors can vary widely:
Location: Oral tumors can occur anywhere within the mouth including the gums, lips, hard or soft palate, tongue, or the bony structures of the jaw.
Appearance: They can appear as raised lumps or growths that may be smooth, irregular, or ulcerated. They may be red, pink, white, or a combination of colors.
Growth Rate: Some tumors grow rapidly, while others may grow slowly over time.
Type: Common types of oral tumors in dogs include melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, and epulis.
TCMVET Baituxiao can help dogs with oral tumors, It is beneficial for dissolving and shrinking various tumors and lumps inside and outside of dogs and cats, promoting blood circulation and helping to eliminate blood stasis.
It inhibits tumor growth and metastasis and helps regulate cancer cell apoptosis.
It softens lumps, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, and is beneficial for stopping tumor bleeding.
It promotes postoperative healing and blood supplementation, effectively reduces the postoperative recurrence rate, improves the quality of life of pets, and extends their lifespan.
If you notice any changes in your dog’s mouth or behavior, it’s important to consult with a veterinarian. They can examine the dog, and if a tumor is suspected, they can perform tests such as a biopsy to determine the type of tumor and the best course of treatment.