The Dog skin cancer is one of the common skin ailments occurring among dogs. Most middle aged dogs suffer from this form of skin disease. One of the main reasons behind the increasing incidence of skin cancer among dogs is said to be too much exposure to the sun rays. The mast cells consist about 20% of the canine cancerous cells. They appear in various forms and sizes in solitary lumps under or above the skin surface. Earlier surgery was considered to be the only resort for skin cancer treatment. Now a new dog skin cancer drug has been invented which has also been approved by the FDA.
The new drug is known as Palladia. The name has been derived from the mythological goddess called Pallas, the protector. The dog skin cancer drug has been manufactured by the Pfizer Animal Health Inc. The medicine is found to be working effectively by cutting the blood flow to the mast cells and hence stopping them from spreading further. The medicine also restricts the incidence of metastasis in the lymph system. The drug works without involving the lymph nodes.
How Palladia Works
The mast cells are usually categorized as grade 2 or grade 3 tumors that are very difficult to treat and spread quite rapidly. The dog skin cancer drug approved by the FDA contains a component called toceranib phosphate. The drug follows two ways to treat the cancerous cells. It tries to kill the tumor cells and the other is by cutting off the blood supply to the mast cells as already mentioned.
The drug can also be taken as a supportive medicine during cancer treatment. It can be taken in during the surgery, radiation or chemotherapy and such.
Though the drug is approved by the FDA but while administering the drug you should take precaution for health safety reasons. The drug should not be handled by children and ladies who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. As a pet owner you are advised to keep the medicine at some safe place. After handling with the tablets you should wash your hand properly. You may also use gloves in case you have to break the tablets. Make sure that you give the tablets to your dog immediately after they are taken out from the packet. You must also keep a close watch on whether the pet has engulfed the entire tablet or not, in case you have mixed it with its food.