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Bone Cancer in Dogs

There are many types of bone cancers in dogs. The most are commonly diagnosed in large dog breeds and the majority occurs in senior dogs, though it can also occur at any age. Bone cancer in dogs is aggressive and can rapidly spread to different parts of the body. If not diagnosed and managed properly, this can be life-threatening and may happen so fast. 

In this article, we’ll dig in a little deeper on what bone cancer in dogs is, its types, what it looks like, and how you can properly deal with it and make your fur-baby's life a whole lot easier.  

We know that it sucks having your dog diagnosed with cancer. Keep hope close by and know that you can absolutely do something to help ease your fur-baby's pain. 

"Bone cancer in dogs is aggressive and can rapidly spread to different parts of the body.

The Many Types of Bone Cancer in Dogs

Canine bone cancer can be classified into many categories. Some of the most common ones include:

Metastatic bone cancer. Also called secondary bone cancer, this type of bone cancer usually started from other body parts and then spreads and affects the bones. This type of bone cancer is aggressive, acute, and can spread all throughout your fur-baby's body. If not diagnosed earlier, this can be quite hard to cure.

Fibrosarcoma. This type of bone cancer in dogs is not expressly aggressive. It settles slowly and does not spread so extensively in the body. This cancer originates in your fur-baby's fibrous connective tissue joining the bones. If your dog has this, he'll start limping, lose his strength, and will appear lethargic.

Chondrosarcoma. This type of bone cancer arises in the cartilage. It's also not quite as threatening like the fibrosarcoma and infrequently develops outside the affected bones.


Symptoms of bone cancer can be subtle and hard to detect at first, according to the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Since the tumor starts deep within the bone, your fur-baby may not feel be able to feel any discomfort or pain yet. But as the cancer progresses, signs will eventually show up. 

The following are the most diagnosed symptoms in dogs who have bone cancer, but not limited to:

  • swelling or presence of a mass usually on the legs but can also appear on the spine or the ribs
  • broken bones near the presence of mass
  • lethargy
  • difficulty in breathing, respiratory distress
  • weakness, loss of strength
  • extreme joint or bone pain
  • neurological disorders like seizures
  • limping
  • signs of pain when walking or sitting down
  • decreased to no appetite at all
  • swollen jaws
  • signs of pain when eating or drinking
  • abnormal nasal discharge


Pain control. According to Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center, treatment and management for bone cancer in dogs give emphasis to alleviating the very serious bone pain and slowing down the metastatic disease. Furthermore, because bone cancer in dogs is incredibly painful, many experts recommend amputation for dogs, which is the only absolute way of putting right your fur-baby’s pain. 

However, if your dog is not fit for amputation, mitigative ways can be takenlike radiation therapy combined with pain medications. 

Dogs with bone cancer are under a lot of pain – that's why it's always best to talk to your vet about pain management plans. Remember that it's never okay to self-medicate pain relievers to your fur-baby as this may cause more harm than good. 

Holistic pet care. If your dog has been diagnosed with bone cancer, it's always important to introduce holistic pet care as soon as possible. Holistic pet care is to embrace more “natural” and “common sense” methods to your pet's health care - food, supplements, nutrition, treatment methods. 

This will help improve your dog's quality of life and may even play a great role for a faster recovery.  

Note: Bone cancer is a serious matter and holistic approacheslike providing supplements and vitaminsmay not be the cure (but can assist) and may interfere with some of your dog’s medications. Please consult your vet.  

Special diets. Your pet who has bone cancer must be under a special diet that will boost their immune system and help reduce inflammation. Giving your fur-baby dry food made from starchy carbs that turn to sugar may help cause the cancer cells to grow and spread quickly, according to studies. 

So even if it's disappointing to know that what you're used to giving your fur-baby might actually be causing them harm, drop it and examine other special diets approved by your vet. It is in the past, and what you do with moving forward is what matters!  

Essential Omegas. Aside from curcumin, it is also best to provide our dog with the powerhouse essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6 that may help fight your fur-baby's cancer. 

How can Pet Parents® help? Pet Parents® Omega 3 for Dogs Supplement will provide your fur-baby with healthy nutrients that can help promote moisture in the skin during treatments and supports antioxidant function & helps remove damaging free radicals in your dog's body. 

Curcumin for dogs. Providing your fur-baby with supplements that have Curcumin can greatly help minimize inflammation. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and it has proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help fight off those nasty cancer cells. It also protects your dog's skin if ever they're going through radiation from chemotherapy. Read more about why Curcumin is good for dogs here. 

How can Pet Parents® help? Pet Parents® Turmeric and Curcumin Supplement will provide your fur-baby with healthy ingredients that can help promote dog immune support & dog joint health. Our turmeric curcumin with BioPerine® dog chews can help maintain a normal inflammatory response and it also helps maintain healthy bone & joint function.  

Bone cancer in dogs is not fun at all. But know that your fur-baby will never have that leap of faith to get well if you don't have it, too. Always be there for your dog and show them that better, sunshiney days are coming! 

Bone Cancer

" Our turmeric curcumin with BioPerine® dog chews can help maintain a normal inflammatory response and it also helps maintain healthy bone & joint function."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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