10 Early Warning Signs Of Canine Cancer

well good afternoon everyone welcomed

out on the ranch with dr. Lee

first off I’d really like to say thank

you for all the kind comments you guys

left about the cancer video that aired a

couple of weeks ago on my channel when I

put it up I did not know how well it’d

be received it was a difficult one for

me to make because it involved not only

a bunch of little animals that were my

good friends that had cancer their

owners were also good friends of mine

and also as you saw to one of the

patients was my home and we’re going to

lose her too so it was it was a very

personal video as well but my goodness

the comments that came after that a very

heartwarming and very interesting – that

that particular video generated a lot of

interest to the extent that I thought I

needed to follow up on it

there are things that you can do at home

that will help you decide if your dog

has cancer if he has conditions that may

lead him to have cancer and everything

from just a general physical exam to

watching the color of his urine is it

got a little bit of blood in it is it

broader yellow than it should be the

color of the stools the consistency of

the fecal material the color of their

gums the color of the whites of their


you ever see those things turning yellow

those are indicators excited to make a

series of videos to show you things on

your dog that you ordinarily would

overlook the most important thing is rub

that dog down every day every time your

loving and pet nine give him a good rub

all over I’m going to do a video on a

dog on a general physical exam on a dog

things that you can do that that may

help you find precancerous conditions

I’m also doing the cat we’re going to do

bloodwork on on a dog and cat and that’s

what this is I’ve already done it and


haven’t gotten to making the video yet

but not only am I going to do the blood

work just to see if these animals have

precancerous conditions on the inside

but I’m also going to show you if your

vet hands you a page full of medical

jargon and gobbledygook and you say my

goodness what the heck is a vun

creatinine ratio I’m going to go through

that with you so you’ll be able to

understand it and they invest school

they had to dumb it down so even I could

understand it so I can dumb it down even

further to but nevertheless I said I’m

going to make a series of videos here

one on dog bone on cattle on blood work

and I hope you like it so here goes here

goes number one I think you’re going to

enjoy the victim I guess we should say

the patient but anyway I think you’ll

recognize him so thanks a lot I hope you

enjoy these videos and more importantly

I hope they save some lives

if you have any questions or comments

about cancers in your dog about

pre-existing conditions anything like

that put them down in the comment

section I’ll do my best to get you an


thanks a lot hope you enjoy this yeah

all right good afternoon everyone this

is dozer

he’s a youtube star off off the ranch

you’ve seen one off the ranch a lot and

those are has volunteered to come in to

be our guinea pig today we’re going to

show you areas on your dogs that you

need to be looking for obvious cancers

and things like that and those are a

real good little patient for doing this

because he’s very common dog but he’s a

boxer he’s a high incident breed for

cancer so he’s always a good one to

check we’ve cut tumors off of him

already they were Malay

– murmurs and it is one of those things

we check them every day just when you’re

loving and petting on your pet you

should be just rubbing their entire body

down and looking for lumps and bumps and

things that appear abnormal but

especially if you have a breed like a

boxer or a golden retriever they are

very high incident rates for cancers but

basically when we get it get these guys

in to do their exams we have a

systematic approach and it’s not likely

to think well everybody’s heart sounds

like wonder what his ears look like we

we have a routine that we do always

start at the tip of the nose and work my

way back on them and I check their

internal organs first so I usually come

with a stethoscope first I listen to

their heart and you’re not going to be

able to do that unless you have some

training with it but we’ll show you ways

that you can check to see if their

hearts are beating normally but how you

can do that and I’ll look inside their

ears and go to their mouth and then I

start working my way all the way back

and I don’t leave one inch of skin

untouched on these dogs when they come

in for exams and you need to be doing

that at home too and so we’ll just start

with his nose you’ll see a lot of

cancers that get in those you saw my cat

last month the pictures of cars with the

nose and basically what you ought to see

there’s no color difference on either

side you don’t want to see a little red

area inside the nostrils you want to

make sure they’re both good and have the

same color all the way through you don’t

want any lumps or bumps out here on the

bridge of the nose either and you can

see dozers is nice and symmetrical the

colors the same same with the eyelids

you want them to be symmetrical you want

to roll those eyelids out like that so

that you can see what’s going on inside

the eye there’s it’s real common for us

to take lumps and bumps and tumors out

of eyelids we do that probably two or

three times a week we’ll be cuttin

tumors out of eyelids it’s a very common

area dozers look really nice there’s no

lumps or bumps they’re also looking for

for tumors that can be internally

problems inside the dog you always want

to make sure

or that the pupil on this eye is the

same size as the pupil on that eye and

when you hold your dog’s head in an

abnormal position you don’t see the

eyeballs flipping and what I mean by

flipping is they’ll literally flip side

to side up and down or they’ll rotate

within their socket those are

indications that there’s problems going

on either in the brain like a stroke or

a tumor in the brain or balance

mechanisms and beep inside the ears and

coming back from his eyes you want to

check each ear make sure it’s nice and

clean that there’s no discharges in

there that there’s no lumps and bumps

and you want to compare one side to the

other and make sure because there’s a

lots of natural pieces of cartilage in

the ear that make funny little lumps and

bumps like that one right there you want

to make darn sure he’s got one of those

on the other side and he does so that’s

what you want to see if you ever see a

lump on one side that he does not have

on the other side then you need to get

that checked and looking at their mouth

this is not always a lot of fun and

boxers have the most comical mouths

anyway those are not too bad but you can

see his lower jaw sticks out a lot

further than his upper jaw and these

teeth have been buried his gums have

grown over his teeth that’s just a

common bulldog and boxer kind of thing

that we see but you want to check and

make sure there’s no big lumps or bumps

or growths growing in his mouth and say

he’s not caring much for this but I’m

doing it anyway and he’s tolerating it

he is really a good dog but I don’t see

anything in there abnormal and I’ll show

you right after this another video of

the cancer inside amount of a little

golden retriever that I’ve showed it to

you already but it will kind of drive

home the point of what we’re looking for

you see this or you

I’m recording house okay this is a

normal side over here on this little dog

came in with just with just stinky

breath and here’s what’s going on on the

other side Michelle if you can kind of

get a side view of that let me get all

this out of the way okay you can see

that this thing’s about an inch and a

half thick all that swelling that’s all

cancer swelling all on the inside


more than likely bone cancer but anyway

that’s got the head part done now

looking for other tumors and especially

like I said golden retrievers or high

incident breeds for cancer and in those

dogs one thing you want to look at is

this area under here and you want to

come down and feel all through there’s

lymph nodes and salivary glands all down

into throat right behind the job thank

you though sir I needed to kiss real bad

but there’s a lot those are quit licking

there’s a lot of lymph nodes down in

this throat latch area when dogs get

malignant lymphoma one of the first

areas you’ll see is in these lymph nodes

down here and what they feel like a

cluster of grapes underneath the neck

right there in the throat and they’re

real easy to feel so you need to always

know what normal feels like so that when

you do have something abnormal you’ll be

able to tell readily and get the dogs

into the hospitals but also with

lymphoma while we’re on that subject

it’s not just these lymph nodes right


dogs have the same left notes as humans

same areas they they’ve got them right

here in front of the shoulder blades

they on both sides this is a bilateral

symmetrical thing all the way back where

you have a lymph node on one side you

got it on the other two they have them

down here in the armpit the axillary

region they’ve got them down here in the

grilling right down in there and they

also have them right here behind the

knee the ones in the armpit

and the ones in the groin and the ones

in front of the scapula right in front

of the shoulders those are really really

hard to feel unless they’re diseased now

this one right back here in this loose

tissue behind the knee you can usually

find it it takes a little bit of

practice so that you can locate it that

it’s usually like in dosers I can feel

it it’s good to get your dog where the

knees flexed a little bit where you can

feel that lift node right there and it’s

about the size of a tiny grape or a

green pea and that’s called a popliteal

lift no but you need to feel these

frequently so you know what they

normally should feel like and so that

they start to enlarge you will know that

readily also other areas where we see a

lot of tumors you see me in the last

couple of videos cutting toes off dogs

always make sure their toes are the same

size pretty close to the same size all

the way across there and I’m going to

have the cleanest hands in the world

after dozer finishes my bath but come

down here those are you’re making it

hard to fit into video but but there’s

the webbing you want to check the

webbing on every toe both the top side

and the bottom side see I’ve got a

finger underneath there and you want to

go through all of their toes and feel

all the webbings through all their toes

we see a lot of cancers in their toes

dozers cancers that we’ve taken off of

him have been all in the skin and I love

a song start out Ursus Carly shelter you

get this right here there’s a scar right

there where Matt cut cancer off of them

looks like there may be a little bit of

a lump see that little bitty area right

there there’s a little bitty nodule in

there not bad match not notice that that

is tiny and all the reason I noticed it

is because the weight a lot shining down

it makes a shadow there’s a little

nodule in there about the size of a

green pea maybe even smaller than that

so it will tell Matt about that but we

found those errs just by checking him

over every day and Matt’s cut those off

of him and but always check all of their


all over the entire body and what I’m

saying while ago about a source their

hearts are concerned what you want in

the dog and the dog his size probably

has a heart rate around 100 right now

something like that if you can put your

fingers between their ribs and you can

usually feel their heart beat with your

fingers and granted you can’t feel

murmurs or anything like that unless

they’re really terrible that you can

tell the heart rate and you can tell how

strong the heart is and if you know

what’s a ver egde what’s normal what

your dog usually feels like when you’re

feeling this heart beat you’ll also be

able to tell when it’s abnormal also

another good place to feel and just let

me get him to stand up mmm does send SMS

bisland their their femoral doses a

little bit arthritic so I’ll let I’ll

let it set back down in just a minute

but they’re in rural artery comes right

along the bum on the inside of the femur

back here this is the femur and that

that’s bone right there where it comes

down you can stick your hands on the

inside coming from behind the dog put

your hands in there and you put your

fingertips on that artery and again this

is these are things that take practice

you’re not going to feel it the first

couple of days that keep trying it in

one day opening oh there it is and then

you’ll be able to tell from that you can

tell how how strong his pulse is and you

can also tell how regular it is it ought

to be a nice regular pulse but other

than that let me see if I get those into

Santa for more calculation it’s always a

good thing to just run your hands

through their guts and I’m just squeezed

inside inside if there’s any lumps or

bumps in there you’ll be able to feel

them and also if the dog shows any pain

while you’re feeling through here then

you need to get the

tattooed but basically it’s one of the

thing – looking back here at their anus

and what those are is one of those dogs

that has a tail clamp you want to look

for lumps and bumps on their anus or any

redness that protrudes from inside the

rectum there you need to be looking at a

chi so that’s pretty much it from from

nose to tail on one of America’s

favorite dogs right here and if you have

any questions or anything put them in

the comments below and I’ll try to

answer them but anyway watch for cancers

in your dog’s like I said and the other

video one out of four dogs will die from

cancer of those that live to be 10 years

of age 50% of those are going to die

from cancer anyway thanks a lot to drop

it in those who thanks you and I do too

we’ll see you next time on out on the

land with dr. Lee