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

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

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.


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.


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. 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 and 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. Please note that bone cancer is a serous matter and holistic approaches may not be the cure all but can assist, please consult your vet.

Special diets. Your pet who has bone cancer must be under a special diet that will boost his immune system and help reduce inflammation. Giving your fur-baby dry food made from starchy carbs that turn to sugar helps cancer cells 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 him harm, drop it and examine other special diets approved by your vet. It is in the past, and what you do 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 he's going through radiation from chemotherapy. Know 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 yoyr 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 him that better, sunshiney days are coming!

" 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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