Recently, Skye hadn’t been feeling very well, and she had some lumps and bumps that felt funny and looked different to her parents, so they took her to the vet. It’s a good thing they did: Skye had breast cancer.
Skye’s dad is the only one working and two family members have health issues leaving them unable to work. They knew they had to do something for their precious Skye, but didn't have the funds. They reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and received it.
According to an article by The Bark, breast (or mammary) cancer in dogs is quite common—the good news is that the disease can be treated successfully if caught early. Just like in humans, owners of dogs with breast cancer notice one or more of the following signs:
- Abnormal secretions coming out of one or more nipples when they are squeezed; nipples may also appear swollen or red, and cause pain to your pet if manipulated
- Enlarged lymph nodes, which are swellings under the armpits and/or in the groin region—may be painful for your dog when touched
- Single or multiple firm lumps or swelling near the nipple
Often, breast cancer is found during a routine exam, so make sure to see your vet once a year! If left untreated, certain types of breast cancer can spread to other mammary glands, lymph nodes, the lungs, and other organs throughout the body. So, if you find a lump on your four-legged best bud, schedule an appointment with your vet immediately. Just so you know: Half of all mammary tumors in dogs are benign—don’t play the guessing game on your pup’s health.
Because Skye wasn't spayed after her infection, she underwent a mastectomy (the tissue and lymph nodes around her breast was removed) and she was spayed. Luckily for Skye, the vet was confident that after surgery she would be back to feeling better, and live the rest of her life pain free and healthy.
Fur Kids Foundation also wants you to know that the best way to prevent breast cancer in female dogs is to spay them. By doing this, dog owners can practically eliminate the chances of their dog developing mammary cancer—just another benefit of spaying your pooch!
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.