Causes Of Breast Tumours İn Cats And Dogs


Gender: Female pets are much more prone to breast tumors than men.


Hereditary: It is a known fact that peoplewith a family background of cancer have a tendency for cancer. Similarly, PETs have a genetic basis for cancer.


Breeds: research shows that small breed dogs are more prone to disease than large breeds. Also, Siamese cats are more susceptible to disease than other cat breeds.


Drugs: Prolonged hormone medications and synthetic hormones used in pregnancy control are thought to cause breast tumours.


Endocrine system disorders: Hormone disorders, ovarian cysts, false pregnancies etc.. cause breast tumors because they keep hormone metabolism under pressure for a long time.


Remaining milk in the breast: Since the offspring cannot be fed enough from the mother for various reasons (death of the pups, early separation from the mother, etc.), the presence of milk in breast causes bloating in the regional lymph nodes and unwanted cystic occurs in the breast tissue. These tissues can be transformed into tumors formation with time.


Stress: Although it can not be proven, there are opinions that the mother’s stress during and after birth will cause hormonal imbalances and triggers breast tumors.


Eating Disorders: Malnutrition and unbalanced nutrition is the cause of breast tumors, but overeating is also among the causes of breast tumors. Breast tumors are seen as common in overweight and obese pet’s as well as in thin pet’s.


Symptoms of Breast Tumor Disease

Mastitis, abscesses, lipomas and cystic formations can be confused with breast tumors, and growths due to infections in lymph nodes can be confused with breast tumors. Redness, swelling of the breast tissue and overall health impairment is observed. An inflammatory and bloody discharge comes from the nipple. Regional lymph nodes are swollen. Patient start to having septicemia, This condition can be suppressed by using strong antibiotics, However, it should be noted that the cystic ligament tissue or cold abscess and swollen lymph tubers in the breast tissue may become tumors and will be a problem with time.


Clinical symptoms of malignant breast tumors are loss of appetite, weakness, pain and bloating are seen. A painful tumoral mass which is integrated with breast tissue can be detected. Sometimes these tumors can also become abscessed. In this case, a bloody inflammatory discharge comes from the nipple. In clinical examination, it is seen that the regional lymph nodes are swollen, It is big enough to feel it when you touch it. They have different diameters. A rapid growth of malignant tumors can be observed.


Benign tumors are more uniform but malignant tumors are disfigured and large.


Breast tumors affect negatively and restrict the patient’s life quality.


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