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Glucagonoma in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Glucagonoma in dogs is a specific type of pancreatic cancer. Technically, the condition is caused by an excess of a hormone called glucagon.

Thankfully, the condition is rare in dogs. But unfortunately, dogs suffering from the condition have a low life expectancy.

If you see the signs of the condition in your dog, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Glucagonoma in Dogs

The condition produces a number of symptoms. For example, some of the most common symptoms include:

Causes of Glucagonoma in Dogs

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The cause of the condition is often believed to be genetic. However, research is still ongoing into the precise cause of the condition.

Treatments for Glucagonoma in Dogs

Firstly, your vet will ask about your dog’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about your dog’s full medical history.

Thirdly, your vet will carry out a full physical examination. Blood and urine tests will be taken. Additionally, your vet can use ultrasounds to help diagnose the condition.

Ultimately, a biopsy of any tumors is needed to confirm the condition.

Generally, surgical removal of any tumors is the main course of treatment. However, there are risks with this process. Your vet will help talk you through the process.

While recovering from any medical procedures at home, it is important to provide your dog with a quiet and calm environment. Additionally, your vet might recommend dietary supplements to help your dog recover. As always, only add supplements to your dog’s diet under the guidance of your vet.

Finally, you can learn more about canine cancer in general in our post here.

Have you ever cared for a dog who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your dog recover? Let us know in the comments section below.


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