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Average Cost

$12,000

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What is Nose Cancer?

A dog’s nasal cavity is divided into two chambers (each made up on turbinate bones and paranasal sinuses) by a cartilaginous septum and extends into the two nostrils you see at your dog’s snout. The anterior of your dog’s nasal cavity handles respiration while the posterior handles olfactory sensation. Your nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses are a complex network, and a cancerous tumor obstructs your dog’s breathing and causes significant other complications.

Nose cancer is an aggressive cancer more commonly found in older dogs, dogs with longer snouts, and dogs living in urban areas. Two-thirds of all nasal tumors are carcinomas, which form in the lining of the nose, and about one-third are sarcomas, which form in the cartilage, bone or connective tissue within the nose. A nasal tumor may also be lymphoma; however, this is very rare. It can be treated if caught early, but nose cancer is by definition malignant, with a high frequency of metastasis to the lungs, skull cavity, or lymph nodes.

Nose cancer, technically known as nasal adenocarcinoma, is a rare tumor of a dog’s nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. Nose cancer accounts for 2.5 percent of canine tumors.

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Symptoms of Nose Cancer in Dogs

  • Epistaxis (bloody nasal discharge)
  • Mucous or pus in nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Stertorous breathing (labored, noisy breathing)
  • Anorexia
  • Seizures
  • Facial deformity
  • Visible pain around nose
  • Excessive ocular discharge

Causes of Nose Cancer in Dogs

The exact cause of the cancer is not known, although it is correlated with certain risk factors. The most telling is an elevated risk in dogs living in urban areas, which suggests that exposure to pollutants, smoking, and fossil fuel combustion byproducts increase a dog’s risk of developing nose cancer.

Diagnosis of Nose Cancer in Dogs

The veterinarian will take tissue samples from lymph nodes in order to analyze for cancerous cells and detect possible metastasis. The nasal bacterial culture will be harvested and analyzed. In addition to the nasal bacterial culture, a rhinoscopy, or examination of the nasal passages, will be complete. Further, a combination of X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and radiographic scans will be taken in order for the veterinarian to identify and diagnose the tumor, the extent of its proliferation, and if it has spread into the cranial vault. An additional tool for diagnosis will be the biopsy of the cancerous growth for microscopic analysis by a laboratory pathologist.

Treatment of Nose Cancer in Dogs

Because adenocarcinoma advances so rapidly, it is typically very advanced at the time of diagnosis. For this reason, getting treatment as soon as possible increases your chance of survival. With a positive diagnosis, the veterinarian may refer you and your dog to a veterinarian oncologist. An oncologist specializes in treating tumors, and will be able to best advise you on your dog’s prognosis and help you make decisions regarding treatment.

Surgery

Adenocarcinoma is not amenable to surgery, due to the complex nature of your dog’s nasal cavity and the fact that the tumor is close to the brain and eyes. Therefore, the risk of complication outweighs benefits. In rare cases, rhinotomy, or an incision into the nose to remove the tumor, is attempted; however, success rates have not been encouraging, and rhinotomy correlates with significantly reduced survival time, average between three to six months.

Radiation and Chemotherapy

At this time, radiation therapy and chemotherapy have not proven effective at treating adenocarcinoma. The good news, radiation therapy is still considered an option to prolong life and relieve pain. Depending upon your dog’s tumor, you may consider one of the following options for radiation therapy:

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery delivers a high dose of radiation targeting the center of the tumor and is a one-time treatment designed to minimize damage to tissue surrounding the tumor.
  • Stereotactic Radiation Therapy delivers up to three smaller doses at different times in order to further minimize the risk of damaging tissue around the tumor. This involves multiple visits to a radiation specialist as opposed to one and is used when a tumor is located dangerously close to essential structures such as your dog’s brain and eyes.

When considering radiation therapy, it is important to discuss the risks of possible side affects with the veterinarian, which can include inflammation, runny nose, skin shedding, atrophy, hemorrhage, degeneration, brain necrosis, seizures, optic nerve degeneration, fibrosis and bone collapse.

Recovery of Nose Cancer in Dogs

Untreated adenocarcinoma is very deadly, and affected dogs typically die within two to seven months of diagnosis. The median survival time of dogs administered with radiation therapy is eight to twenty months.

If your dog undergoes radiation therapy, be sure to carefully monitor symptoms and follow up with the veterinarian as scheduled and whenever symptoms warrant. Some side affects are treatable with antibiotics or other treatments; however, some of the most severe side affects are non-treatable.

The most critical task is keeping your dog comfortable. To ease pain, anti-inflammatories, pain medication, and sleeping pills may be prescribed. In serious cases, with a poor prognosis and debilitating pain, euthanasia may be concerned as the main option.

Nose Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jack
Miniature Schnauzer
10.5 years old
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Loud Breathing

Hi! Two weeks ago, my dog was diagnosed with a 1" diameter sinus tumor. After considering the side-effects, I decided not to pursue surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment(s). Please share any ideas for medication or other modalities that will bring him comfort during his remaining time with me.

Hebhas a strong appetite and is feisty and playful. His loud "rattling" and difficulty breathing prevents him from sleeping well and causes him discomfort, but not pain. He tires quickly. A nasal flush greatly improved prior symptoms of nasal and eye discharge, as well as severe bleeding.

Maintaining a stress-free, cool environment with air flow helps. Massage, keeping his head raised and ice in his water all have positive effects.

Should I consider asking my vet for a canine sleeping pill or if administration of oxygen will help? Any suggestions are much appreciated. Many thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are not wanting to pursue surgery and if Jack isn’t in pain (remember dogs hide pain well) the only cause of action is supportive care; oxygen therapy would be indicated if Jack was struggling to get a sufficient amount of oxygen into his lungs and medication to help sleeping may not be suitable (depends on your Veterinarian’s evaluation). Due to the individual nature of these types of cases it is difficult to give advice as you are steering clear of the usual course of treatment; it is going to be a case of keep a close eye on him for any changes which would have an effects on breathing and his general well being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My miniature pincher is about 10 1/2 years old and he’s had a bump the hard under his eye for quite a while the vet has looked at it for dental issues and that’s not what it is but recently he stopped like having his nose scratched and that was like one of his favorite things, and he’s also got a little bit of a Raw skin on the tip of his nose just started. He’s also not liking his regular treats like pig ears but he is eating and drinking fine. I can’t get into see the vet for several days. This bump was initially the reason that I sought out a new veterinarian,. Everything I’ve read about cancer seems that it grows really fast. Would be possible for him to have nose cancer with that but being so slow growing or would they be two separate issues?

My 12 1/2 year old labradoodle Stella was diagnosed with a nasal tumor 5 weeks ago. She had a couple of bloody noses and was starting to have some issues with breathing- mostly at night. She had a rhinoscopy done with a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. I have been reading a FANTASTIC book that I would highly recommend called The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. They have some great suggestions on treatment options for nasal tumor as well as all kinds of advice on dealing with cancer, good resources, and making the best of your time with your beloved pet. They highly recommend a raw or home cooked diet as well. One other treatment option that I am investigating is cryosurgery- Smithridge Vet in NY has a lot of experience with cryo on nasal tumors-worth a consultation, they also have extensive alternative neutraceutical knowledge. It's no fun to watch your dog struggle…stay positive...wishing you all the best. Julie

I am following a similar course with my 10.5 y.o. Golden doodle. He was diagnosed over a year ago with a 2 cm tumor in his sinus cavity. The only symptom at the time was nasal discharge from one side. I consulted with four vets, and only the oncologist recommended radiation treatment (a 28 consecutive day course). After reading as much as possible about prognoses for sinus cancer, we opted for a palliative approach. It has been 13 months now. His breathing is harsh, his discharge is on both sides now, and he breathes through his mouth, but his appetite is still good and he relishes his walks. So far no signs of metastasis to the lungs. He is on Deramaxx for inflammation, gabapentin for pain and antibiotics continually. He takes a probiotic, and we give him Benedryl at night, which seems to help with breathing and sleep. It is winter now and the cold air makes the nose run, but I think the cold also helps with inflammation. He gets a lot of exercise and social interaction, with daily walks off leash. I tried cooking for him, but now we just feed him a good quality dog food and spoil him with treats. He's not food driven but his appetite is still good. His bowls are also raised off the floor. We are following the advice of one of the vets, to do as dogs do and live in the moment. it is hard, but we are grateful to have him this long.

Thank you very much for your kind advice. Qe1015, Jack's Owner

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Skippy
Shetland Sheepdog
11 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing,
Sneezing

My dog Skippy was diagnosed with a nasal tumor on Jan 3rd 2018. He had a nose bleed and it wouldn't stop. I brought him to the vets and thats when he was diagnosed. The vet told me to just take the palliative approach because the tumor can grow and it would be too complicated to do anything for him. Not to put him through any more pain. I am at my wits end. I want to help him in the wose way. What can I do for him. Besides give him tramadol and Lifes Gold. His nostril looks like its expanding. Any answers would be helpful. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing Skippy and knowing more about his situation, I am not sure that I can offer any suggestions. If you and your veterinarian made the decision to monitor his quality of life and not pursue treatment of his nasal tumor, if he isn't doing well, it may be time to make a decision for him so that he isn't suffering. If you do want to pursue further treatment options, it may be worth seeing a specialist to see what options are available at this point. It would be best to call your veterinarian and discuss what is happening, and see if there are other options for him. I hope that he is able to remain comfortable for a while longer.

Please don't say you wont own any more dogs. It is so hard for us humans to go through losing our babies but there is a dog out there that is waiting for you to love them. It seems to me that you have so much love for dogs please don't give up and give another dog a chance to know your love, even if its just for a short time. My Corgi Zelda needs to get a rhino and CT scan as she has been sneezing blood. I am terrified of losing her she is only 4 years old. My heart is so sad right now, but thank you for loving Peanut and Im so sorry.

My 9 yr old cocker spaniel was diagnosed with massive nasal tumor on rt nasal and it has pushed into rt eye orbit and brain area. The day before catscan, he went blind. However on my 2nd visit of 3 in a row, I insisted on antibiotic because of 27000 wbc. The day after surgery, which was 2 days after the antibiotic longacting shot, he recover vision in his left eye. We've been given a short time I think. He can run up and down stairs, still likes to go for walks, and in general seems happy. However, he has developed alot of mucus in throat and for first time in a few weeks, he was backward sneezing and having a hard time. I used vetricin, than some salt water squirted with baby bulb syringe into nose and later trying in mouth to help break up the mucus which was giving him hard time breathing. I pushed a warm wet towel down the sides of inside mouth and towards back and got out a large amoutn of mucus. He then was able to eat=he has completely regained his appetite. Finally, after eating, i think the food pushed the mucus down the intestinal path and hes sleeping comfortably. With another antibiotic shot this week, which I asked for and has helped, along with benedryl, rimadil and itroncozol, his eye is no longer red or bulging. the area by brain must have receded in size from anitinflammatory meds because he vision came back and the tumor is on other side. For Skippy and all the dogs, I am constantly makeing sure to put spray of ventricin or warm water up nose which helps get out alot of gunk and makes it easier to breath. I am going day by day. Im having a very hard time though because we cant fix it.This all started 3 months ago and been treating for fungal and bacteria alternately. I think he has that as well as tumor so meds still working at it. I need to know if the mucus condition is indicative of the end. I can't bear to see him suffer. Please someone, help

Our beagle mix dog peanut was diagnosed January 8th 2018 with an aggressive nasal tumor we have tried many homeopathic remedies to no avail, I just don't understand that keto non Profit Organization is saving dogs in Texas, the worst of the worst dogs with cancer at kill shelters, and they are saving their lives. We immediately put peanut on a ketogenic diet and tried all kinds of homeopathic. I just don't understand I know there's a cure for cancer why won't anybody make this more affordable and more accessible. I know oxygen therapy works too it is just so terrible this is our fourth dog we will lose in 3 years to cancer and one 14 years ago I'm just so sick of it I can't do this anymore I will not own any more dogs my heart is gone. We will be putting peanut down tomorrow morning. :(

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Bailey
Alaskan Husky
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed

Medication Used

Chemo 3 times a week , metacam

My dog has catagory4 tumor in his right nostril . Its eating away through bone onto his face and up to his scull. Im undecided if to go through radiation or whether its really too late now... just to keep him on a low dosage chemo and pain relieve ? .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be a hard decision whether to go through radiation therapy or to just offer palliative care; this is a decision to be made together with your Veterinarian or Specialist as they will know the specific type of cancer and the options, if any, available for Bailey. At this stage you have described, palliative care may be the only option available; but again your Veterinarian or Specialist will be able to give you better information on Bailey’s specific case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is also a Siberian Husky he's nine years old and I believe he has nasal cancer as well he has bloody flem that comes out of only one nostril he makes a sound that sounds like a reverse sneeze but it's not a veterinarian has him on antibiotics for a yeast infection or a fungus but it's just running like a Fossett I just lost my eight-year-old Siberian husky one week ago to lymphoma it started in the intestine and it spread and now I'm dealing with this

So sorry for your Bailey Boy! I hope he’s doing well? As far as treatment, i havent heard too many favored things about radiation, nor chemo. I think the main thing is catching this ruthless disease early, which is very hard to do? If the vets are well saturated with the knowledge of this disease maybe there will be hope! And, in risking the quality of life for a few more months of living , i’d rather have quality of life for my boy! If you have not heard of Gold Life, it’s an herbal product that truly gives the dog stamina for its walks and vigorous exercise, giving a chance to reduce the mass also. It’s best to buy four bottles at one time, I think it was $199. otherwise you’re paying $69 per bottle.I will give out a loud shout for this product, that’s how confident I am about the stuff. It has the taste of bacon and we have no problem with Oaklee taking it. Plus Hemp Oil at night to settle his nerves & pain... a lil pricy but to give your doggie some ease, during this time, and watching them become a pup before your eyes, with a whole lot of stamina,well its worth it!! Go for it!!
Our Lil buddy hasn’t been granted any time, so... surprisingly we wait in anguish & enjoy ever second with him! The tumor has grown so massive its closed off his right nostril breaking thru the cranium, going into the brain, down the throat & gaining ground each day! he has lived passed the 2weeks projected! How worrisome, to be thrown into this fire of the unknown so quickly! I didn’t even know huskies were subjected to such a cancer as this!! Seems our researching everything, how did I miss this? Any dog with a long snout is susceptible!
I did alarm the Vets that “there’s something up his nose?” for year and a half. I was very specific and gave lots of examples help this happens or sounds! like it’s in his throat, the breathings not right!
All they could guide me to was:
1.) You ever heard of reverse sneezing? “well yes! But it doesnt sound like this! “ lets watch it!” Everything looks and sounds good, keep a record Ms Shoemaker!!
2.) sure, sounds respiratory to me, we’ll do a chest xray, Dr. inquired, ok? OK!! Think it will help? It will knock one thing out!
Well I still believe there’s something in his nose. I’ve had knowledge of this for year and a half, a perception thing with me!

Bailey, OakLee, is a 100% Siberian Husky too! how precious is your husky world? The joy of raising this beautiful breed is a favor & an adventure.

It’s very heartbreaking to know or be told theirs nothing that can be done! What!!! Do husky owners know about this culprit? that could hit their prince or princess at any minute, hour or day? Is your husky having any of these symptoms?Its unbelieveable to our 6.5 yr old, OakLee! For a yr & a half, ive been rushing Him to the vet over & over... like a crazzy redhead!🤪to no avail!!
The drs are ever so kind but are they being educated enough on the subject? Alerting, on this subject to all husky’s life?
Sorry for any redundancy trying to remember everything for your understanding.

I feel sometimes is it the right thing to do ,trying to prolong his life , too go through chemo and radiation for a couple of months of life expendency .what are the side effects of radiation ? Ave been told with out it he will only have 3 to 5 months and with chemo 6 -9 but radiation 9 months to 20 bailey has catagory 4 nasel adenocarcinoma tumor but im torn as dont want to see him suffer or have side effects whether i should give him palliative treatments instead?

Forgot to say the radiation unit is shut so it wont be open for roughly 4 weeks . Thats why hes just about to start chemo .

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Lucy
Golden Retreiver
9 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

2 nose bleeds, 2 weeks apart
runny nose, disfigured/swollen nose

My sweet girl was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nose last week. she had an endoscopy last week, which showed it is contained to the fleshy part of her nose only and lymph nodes "look good". I will ask at appointment tomorrow if they biopsied the lymph tissue. We have an appointment with the oncologist tomorrow to discuss treatment options. I am finding conflicting information of prognosis on the internet of using radiation vs surgery. The diagnostic vet said surgery would "cure" the cancer, but they would remove her entire nose, canine teeth and some of the bridge, leaving her deformed. We are crushed and don't want Lucy to suffer unnecessarily. Can you tell me the most updated prognosis for 3 treatment radiation for Lucy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally surgery is the treatment of choice with radiation therapy used to complement the surgery as required; surgical excision with wide margins (which leads to more deformity) is the best course of treatment if there has been no spread. Radiation alone in this case is unlikely to be effective; there is a lot of conflicting information online but you should wait to speak with the Oncologist as they will be able to tell you specifically after examining Lucy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bridget
Golden Retriever
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Elevated third eyelid, sneezing
Elevated third eyelid, sneezing na
Elevated third eyelid

Hi, my dog Bridget is almost 9yrs old. On or around Feb 13th I noticed her right eye didn't look right so I took her in and she was treated with an antibiotic eye drop. A few days after her third eyelid was elevated and she had clear discharge with a tinge of blood come out of her nose while we were at the vet. Bridget developed reverse sneezing a few years ago on and off but nothing out of the ordinary. It seemed to be more reoccurring in Dec and Jan prior to this past Feb 2018. The airflow in the right nostril also wasn't good. We went to a specialist and had an MRI done, it revealed a mass that was in the rear aspect of the right nostril that had some destruction to the cribrifrom plate and has invading her intracranial cavity as well as pressing into the orbit of her right eye. The specialist attempted to due a Rhinoscopy to get a piece of the mass but ended up doing a blind biopsy. Results came back as
Inflammation. She wasn't able to get a piece of the mass and also said there was quite a bit of inflammation surrounding the mass. We were offered an aggressive biobsy but declined due to the location . We are treating her with antibiotics for now and they have kept the sneezing under control and her breathing seems better but her eye is still the same. Could this be a fungal infection, that's their next treatment to rule it out. We have to be worried about seizures now as well. I'm terrified of the unknown. Can you shed any light on what I've explained or give me your medical opinion?

Thank you
Tish

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without a biopsy of the mass itself it is not possible to confirm whether it is cancer, inflammation or something else; if they are suspecting fungal infection or planning to rule out fungal infection next I would suggest trying to get a sample for identification as this may help as far as treatment planning is concerned. At this moment you are looking at treating a variety of conditions in an attempt to rule out each one until a diagnosis is made. I cannot really shed any light on this unfortunately but would recommend you have a biopsy done by rhinoscopy or another method to try to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We are going through the same thing with one 1 year old hound boxer. They did a cat scan and found a mass they went through the eye socket with a needle and took a samp,e. We go Monday to,see our options as they think it might be cancer

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Spikecowski
Saint Bernard
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My St. BERNARD AGE 7 WAS BITTEN IN THE NOSE BY ONE OF MY YEARLING saints, it was a puncture thru where kids now a days put those bull rings they wear, didn't heal, started swelling, and biopsy was done,just got results as Squamous cell carcinoma. He is already disfigured and struggles to breathe thru his nose, three veterinarians were involved and all said auto immune, but turned out to be cancer, since biopsies, it has flourished so progressively over 5 days. Just how long before he starts with seizures? How long does it take to get to his eyes. How did he get this?
We have already made the decision, before he even starts to have a seizure, or his eyes go or it gets to his lungs, to let him go with his dignity, me I'm living with the guilt of three misdiagnosies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The progression is on a case by case basis and some dogs last longer than others; squamous cell carcinoma is an aggressive cancer which can be devastating to local tissue. There is no fixed timeline and you should take each day as it comes; causes range from sunlight to other causes. I would take it day by day but make sure you are ready for the last car trip to your Veterinarian together. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sarah
Doberman Pinscher Mix
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My 11 y/o Doberman mix has two crusty denuded symmetrical patches, one adjacent to each nostril. Besides not like when I touch or look at it closely, she is symptom free. There is no bloody nose, nasal discharge or expectorant. She doesn't cough. She sneezes the same amount a healthy dog would. She eats, plays, walks. No problem. She looks great. She greets me everyday putting her front paws on my shoulders while standing on her hind legs. She can do this for minutes. I am concerned about these open scabs but everything I've read about dog nose treatment would hurt her and she wouldn't understand why I would put her through any of this. Plus. I can't afford it. These open scabs have been there for months and they bother me more than her. Is there any topical remedy I can treat her with? I don't think she has cancer. She's too health but I sure would like these sores to disappear. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Sarah and seeing the lesions, I cannot diagnose or recommend any possible treatments. Since you don't know what the lesions are, and she seems healthy otherwise, it would probably be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to give you an idea as to what might be going on, and what possible treatments might be necessary. They will give you recommendations, you can make decisions based on those.

Sarah, my boy, Horton, who's also past his 11th birthday is in a similar situation. He's had the patches on his nose for the past 5-6 years now, and it always seems to bother me a lot more than him but does look uncomfortable. I'm in the same boat where I can't really afford treatment (I was just quoted $800+ for a biopsy and blood work, $1300 if I do that and the dental cleaning he needs :( ) I wish I could tell you I found something to apply to it that helps as I haven't, it's cyclical, but I can't determine what connection the cycles have with anything. I've tried different foods to no avail. The old guy is in great health otherwise and it's a difficult situation to be in with a big bill looming to diagnose that would tell me I need to put him on a medication I can't afford for the rest of his life to resolve, or that he might not have much time left. It's not a fun position to be in.

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Shadow
Golden Retriever
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed

My older male golden has had two nose bleeds out of the blue today. This has never happened before. He has not been sneezing or itching or anything else. Although he breaths heavily and pants a lot but has been doing that for a long time. He was at the vet a couple of months ago and I asked about the labored breathing and they checked him and said everything sounded good and it was most likely just his age-he is 15. I have read nose bleeds can be due to tumors in the nose. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of nosebleeds which may include tumours, foreign bodies, dental issues, infections, clotting disorders, poisoning among other issues; without examining Shadow, I cannot say what the cause of the nosebleeds are but your Veterinarian will make an examination and may take blood tests as well to gauge overall health. Rhinoscopy may be useful if the problem remains undiagnosed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

If the bleeding was out of only one nostril i would be getting my dog to get tge rests dome of i were you. We didnt take our dog in and he has since slowlybeen developing all of tge symptoms the net said he would. Change of voice walking sideway sneezing and having trouble (labor like) breathing

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GracieKaye
Beagle/terrier mix
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleep apnea
Discharge w/Sneezing
Sneezing,
Reverse sneezing

Medication Used

benadryl
Apoquel
Amoxicillin

My GracieKaye started coughing & sneezing the day after she was in the vet for a spa day. Long sorry short we have been on meds, had bloodwork, x-rays, & more meds to still not have a formal Dx. The bloodwork looked good, only slightly elevated CBC, her x-rays of sinuses/head, & lungs were clear. She intermittently snores & has for years. Her vet, who is wonderful, seems to still be on the fence for a Dx. Regardless of Dx I will be doing palliative care. Some days she seems to have a lot of energy & her happy self, others she seems depressed & sad. I have some fear about what I can give her to keep her comfortable. She’s been on Apoquel & the commercials say it can make pre-existing cancers grow more rapidly. Should she be on something else? I don’t want to lose her faster b/c of a med that I thought was to help her! I’m already finding what I’ve read hard enough to accept on how fast this can progress.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I wish that I could give you a good answer, but I know very little about GracieKaye, or her test results, and I can't see her to give an opinion on what might help her. Since your veterinarian seems to be on top of managing her situation, it would be very reasonable to call them and ask what more might be done, and whether Apoquel is needed for her situation. I hope that she does well.

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Rusty
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing
Nose bleed
Eye Itching
Squinting
Eye Discharge
Eye Redness
Heavy Breathing

Medication Used

Vetropolycin

Rusty had a nose bleed so we did a blood test and everything came back normal. The vet told us it was likely a nasal tumor. We opted not to do further testing. About five-six months later he woke up with his eyes squinting and by the end of day there was minimal white/yellow mucus as well as regular tear duct stains coming out of his eyes. We are treating it with vetropolycin which seems to be helping (we're on day five of ten) His breathing has always been a bit noisey. For years he's breathed with his mouth open and heavy, noisey breath. He just began sneezing pretty frequently throughout the day. All of this has led me to believe he has a nasal tumor. My question is what can I do to make him the most comfortable without putting him through the testing and radiation and surgery. I just don't want him to be in pain..or as little as humanly possible.
Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a nasal tumour is present, management without surgical intervention can be difficult when it occludes the nasal passage and puts pressure on other structures which may eventually lead to deformity of the nasal bones. Most importantly will be pain management which would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian, ensuring pain is managed effectively will lead to a better quality of life for Rusty; but surgery is still the treatment of choice and should still be considered. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ted
cross
9 Years 6 months
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Medication Used

Metacam and tramadol
Metacam

After a number of tests since Feb this year my dog ted has been diagnosed with advanced Tumor in his nose affecting his eye cavity and his mouth. We have brought him home to say goodbye but yesterday he seemed much improved. Happy on his walks. How will I know when it's time to say our final goodbye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deciding to euthanise a family member is never easy and they can have good days and bad days which can make it more confusing; when the time comes, you will know. Generally when the time comes, dogs will start showing signs of pain and will start to distance themselves from the family along with other behavioural changes. Also, when eating becomes difficult or appetite is lost is another sign; there is no set in stone guidelines apart from looking at overall welfare and quality of life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Basset Hound
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing, reverse sneezing
Noisy Breathing

Medication Used

Tramadol, Yunnan Baiyao

Two weeks ago, my Basset Hound received a series of 3 treatments of Stereotactic Radiation for his nasal cancer. He does have the noisy rattling breathing. Several weeks before his radiation, he was hospitalized twice with excessive nasal bleeding and received blood transfusions. The bleeding has stopped since the radiation. My question is, Is it better for dogs with nasal cancer to have dry air or humidified air? When he was having his nose bleeds, before he was hospitalized, we fired up the humidifier and made the house pretty humid. Over the next few days the nose bleeds got worse. I don't know if it was the humidifier or just the progression of the disease that made it worse. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally low humidity environments may cause or induce nosebleeding due to the nasal being dry and getting cracked; if there is a nasal tumour, the humidity may have been unrelated to the bleeding but most likely helped any mucus or anything else in the nose to flow better. I would stick with normal air (unless you live in a desert) and see how he goes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Golden Retriever
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

Nose - My dogs cancer is just at his nose at the moment. He was diagnose with CT scan.
From all blood test done, my dog is in very good health.
The advise has been given for Surgery. Can you give some insight on this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is almost always the treatment of choice for cancer; whilst Shadow looks healthy now, the cancer may start to impede airflow through the nostrils or depending on the type of cancer, spread. After surgical excision of the mass, histopathology will indicate the type of cancer which will direct the course of aftercare (chemotherapy, radiotherapy) if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Some sneezing, pain

My 9-year old Jack Russell was just diagnosed with nasal cancer. He had a lump in-between both eyes, and his right eye seemed painful. I took him to the vet, and they weren't sure if he had a bee sting, or maybe it was an infection so they tried a number of things like antihistamines and antibiotics and pain relievers. The pain reliever, Galliprant has been like a miracle drug for him, but the lump only seemed to get bigger. We went to a specialist, where they performed an aspirate to get a sample from the lump. They told me today that there were squamous cells in the sample, yet after 4 days, there had been no further cell growth. We will see an oncologist for a prognosis. Just wondered if there is much hope from recovery. I know you haven't examined my dog, but just wondering from any experience you, as vets, have seen. He's a sweet dog, and my good pal, but I won't let the guy suffer needlessly. I would never invest a lot of money in procedures that would only prolong his life a few more months. In the meantime, he and I will spend quality time on lots of cool walks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As you mentioned, it is very difficult to determine severity or prognosis without examining Milo; I cannot even determine the level of attachment and the presence of ‘some squamous cells’ is vague. It would be wise to visit an Oncologist to get their input on Milo’s condition, I wish I could give you more information but there are too many variables. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Yellow Lab
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy breathing sneezing bloody

My Bo yellow lab was diagnosed with a nasal tumor in April, it has now progressed to very enlarged pink nasal opening. Three weeks ago noticed a large growth on the side of his nose. He is now having a yellow greenish discharge from the eye on the same side. He is taking aa steroids every other day. He has a good appetite, is eating treats. He has labored breathing, his eyes look tired all the time. His nose seems very sensitive will not let me touch it and jerks back when he has contact with his nose. I just want him to be comfortable. Before I talk with vet again any suggestions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no quick solution to this unfortunately, you should visit your Veterinarian to discuss pain relief and other aspects of palliative care; without examining Bo and the tumour I cannot really weigh in as I don’t know the exact location of the tumour on the nose, how invasive it is or the type of tumour. For now continue with treatment and visit your Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Phillip
dachshound
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing discharge
Sneezing

Medication Used

Anibotics, steroids, anihitamines..

My dog (Phillip - a dachshund 13 years old) has been demonstrating what we (the vet and I) were assuming was a sinus infection for the last 4 months or so. After 5 bouts of antibiotics and other medications, x-rays and a larger than normal sinus scope and then this week another x-ray of the throat and sinus area and a reading of the x-rays by an external professional it appears there is a mass deep in my dog’s sinuses that maybe one of several things including a malignant tumor. I'm scared to death and have to wait 5 more days for a visit to a specialty clinic for probably a CT scan. My current vet will be sending Phillip's x-rays, all history and the blood panel(s) taken in the last few days. Is there a greater chance this might be an infection, fungus, or something other than cancer? There has been some blood but that appears to be due to the dry scabbing he has been getting at the tip of his nose. Mostly the issues up until the last 10 days were sneezing with clear discharge, backward sneezing, a little disinterested in some foods and not wanting to take his walk. Now he is not eating much and there is a noticeable noise when he breathes with a lot of sleeping and he just has not been himself for a long time. I'm very concerned and looking for some hope that this is more likely not cancer-what are my odds?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this is happening to Philip. Unfortunately, with animals and people, the chance of cancer rearing its' ugly head increases with age. There is a possibility that it might be a resistant infection, fungal disease, or benign mass or polyp, and unfortunately if they weren't able to get a biopsy sample of the mass during scoping, you may have to wait until the specialty appointment to find out more details, how invasive the the growth is, and what your options for treatment are. I hope that you are able to get answers next week, and that Philip is okay.

Was Phillip diagnosed with a nasal tumor? Or something else?

Hello, this is Phillips dad again. He had a CT Scan and a biopsy and things do not look good. We have an appt with the oncologist on 2/5 but it looks like they will be sending me to Cali or AZ for radiation treatment if it looks treatable. Can anyone tell me anything about these two facilities they are talking about so I can start doing some research and planning just in case. I'm disabled so a facility that can handle a sick dog and facilitate my MS disability would be nice. But I'll get Phillip there anyway.

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Rusty
Golden Retriever
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

local nose lost of shape
Difficulty of Breathing
Difficulty Walking

Medication Used

steroids
antibiotics
paclitaxle s.c

My dog Rusty *( 13 yrs) is diagnosed with squamous cell nasal cancer. (biopsy two times - confirmed diagnosis ) Operation not possible.
He was treated with two paclitaxel therapies ( 90mg/ m2 ) in three weeks time (21 day).
He has very good appetite, we go for a walk, but his nose is permanently bleeding, and the shape of the nose is completely deformed. Do you know any immuno therapy for sqamous cell ca type, like pembrolizumab, or nivolumab in humans.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paclitaxle is approved by the FSA for use in dogs in the USA for the treatment of non-operable tumours in dogs; whilst there are treatments available in human medicine, there use isn’t approved in dogs. There are some studies published about the use of Imiquimod in dogs with squamous cell carcinoma, but the efficacy may not be as good as Paclitaxle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

In April my 12 year old staffordshire had all the symptoms of nasal tumor and I was advised to get radiation treatment. $12,000 later she no longer had the trouble breathing that she was having but has heavy and constant yellow and bloody discharge. Her face smells very very bad and will make people leave a room. We keep her on constant antibiotics, Benadryl and inflammatorys because of how downhill she spirals when she stops. (once a possible seizure) The latest is a strange choking sound and it's getting worse and more frequent. Is this common? The dr says reverse sneezing but she's always had that and the two are different.

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Rex
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Snout cancer
Eye buldge

My dog (polish lowland sheepdog) had a rare form of cancer develop on his snout, about a month ago - it was under his left eye but still in the about area. We thought it was a bad tooth and had one vet give him an antibiotic for his teeth. It got worse, we went to a second vet for a 2nd opinion. After a scan, he discovered soft tissue not relating to his tooth. He performed surgery and it was removed. His left eye had swollen pretty badly to the point where it was buldging. Its been about 3 weeks since the removal of the tumor, and his eye is still swollen, it looks like it's getting worse. The vet said it's possible the cancer could have gotten to his ocular nerves and cause damage. I'm worried it's getting worse because now his eye is leaking, and the whites are completely red. Is it possible the cancer is getting worse and continuing deeper? Is this eye related issue something completely different. My poor dog is looking sad and depressed lately and I don't know what I can do next. Help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point I would recommend visiting an Ophthalmic Specialist to look at the eye and to perform ocular ultrasound to determine if there is something behind the eye forcing it out. It is possible that the cancer has spread (depending on the type) and is affecting the eye. It may be a case that Rex loses the eye if this continues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skipper
German Sheppard mix
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Epistaxis
Loud Breathing
overweight

Medication Used

Yunnen baiyou
Pain medicine

My 102.3 lb German Shepherd/ Border Collie mix had a horrible nosebleed after my other dog has nipped him on the nose about a month ago and since then we'd taken him to the vet where he was prescribed medication to treat Thyroid disease. He came back positive for thyroid with a blood test. My dogs nose has always looked like a staff infection, very dry, scabby and nothing ever helped it until the thyroid medicine was prescribed. Weeks later we woke up to blood all over the floor, like our floors had just been painted res. And when hed breathe it would splatter everywhere. The bleeding is still occuring. The doctor may suspect nasal carcinoma since the bleeding is coming from inside but we declined a CT scan and anesthesia. He is acting completely normal. And with the new medicine (yunnen baiyou) he is on, the bleeding is going down but still occuring in light drippage and splatters. He wants to play, eat, go for walks, etc. all the norm. Im very curious as to what you think is going on.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thyroid conditions are linked with an increased incidence of bleeding which would most likely occur at weak points, like Skipper’s nose; the use of yunnan baiyao has become quite popular and has anti inflammatory properties. Without having further imaging studies done, we cannot know what is going on in Skipper’s nose and therefore cannot effectively manage any condition confidently. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge from nose

My dog Oliver has a lot of discharge coming out of his nose starting about mid September. We got him on antibiotics but did not help. Took him back about a week ago because he was sounding worse and thought it might be allergies so vet put him this time on an antihistamine and antibiotics again. After a week of treatment, still no change and I am thinking it must be nasal cancer. He had a series of seizures in Feb and March, sometimes 2 a day, but then they stopped so vet was thinking it was an isolated incident. I'm not so sure, I think it is all related. He has been having some very restless nights but his appetite is still very good and energy is good. How do I know if he is in pain or if the time has come to say goodbye?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for discharge from the nose which may include infections, foreign bodies, allergies, dental disorders, tumours among other issues. Deciding on whether to continue to diagnose the problem or say goodbye can be difficult and determining whether Oliver is in pain isn’t easy since dogs are stoic animals and will not show pain until the last moment. Look for changes in behaviour, avoiding family and spending more time alone; other than that you know him best and will know when he isn’t himself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Munch
Labrador Retriever
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting/Abnoraml Breathing

Medication Used

Methadone, steroids

Our dog has squamous cell nasal cancer. Four months ago he had cryosurgery. Recently he had a CT scan and had a hard time recovering from the anesthesia. We were about to say goodbye to him and he rebounded but the last 24 hours he is panting a bit more. He is still drinking water and we need to hand feed him and the cryosurgery had destroyed his lip and the cancer has spread to his lip making it hard for him to pick things up from a bowl as there is also an infection which he is on antibiotics. His appetite is decent. Tonight he laid down in a puddle and wouldn't get up for a few minutes which has concerned me. When do you know it's time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deciding on when it is time can be difficult for many owners looking at their loved one; however whilst there may be good days and bad days, if the bad days outnumber the good and there is a general low quality of life then it may be time. Without examining Munch, I cannot give you a definitive recommendation; but normally an owner will know when their loved one is no longer their self. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elliot
Havanese
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog Elliot is an 11 year old Havanese who was diagnosed January of 2017 with Adenoid carcinoma and we were told that he would only survive another 3 to 6 months at most. It has now been over a year and the breathing has gotten so much worse and the nose bleeds are coming several times a day. He has difficulty sleeping at night and gets up to go to the bathroom several times at night as well. He is still begging for food and treats, even more so then ever before and tries to eat his poop as well. I don't want him to suffer but I also don't want to put him down before it is time. I am at my wits end. The bleeding is a lot with several pieces of tissue coming out each time. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that you don’t want to put Elliot down before his time, but you need to make sure that you are doing it for him and not for yourself; I cannot examine Elliot so I cannot determine the severity of the bleeding and his overall condition. Products like yunnan baiyao (Chinese Medicine) may help with bleeding, you should discuss Elliot’s condition with your Veterinarian and whether yunnan baiyao would be suitable for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog Belle has had a nasal tumour for over 2 years.It started with a nasal bleed then yellow discharge from one nostril it then progressed to the other nostril and now the discharge is bloody and a lump has formed on her nose between her eyes.She breathes thru her mouth and seems happy enough for now, she eats and plays with my other dog but the the tumour is progressing now.I have been giving her Turkey Tail mushroom capsules 2 a day for a year and a half now and it is this reason I feel she is still with me.The TTMushroom slows down the tumour. She is over 13 years old now and she still has more time before I have to make that decision as she is not suffering.

I have a 12 yr old lab having the same problem. What dosage are you using of YB? Mine is 75lbs.

What dosage should I incorporate for an 80lb lab with nasal bleeding/tumor.
I have the powder form. There are no clear instructions on administrating. Can anyone help?

Hi, I'd be really interested in hearing the outcome of this. I am in almost exactly the same position. Our 11 year old lab has a nasal tumor and having sneezing bursts almost daily with lumps of blood/tissue coming out. His left eye (side of the tumor) is squinted and he flinched when we go near it. Is is watery and also starting to go bloodshot. Like yourself, I don't want to PTS before I really have to as can't imagine taking what looks like a happy healthy dog to the vets, I would always imaging it would be when he is clearly no longer enjoying life. Please do keep me updated and offer any advice you can. Thanks

I am using Yunnan Baiyao for my dog with carcinoma in the nasal passages....stopped the bleeding. It's a great product. I'd use it.

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Oscar
Daschund
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody nasal discharge, harsh breathing at times,
Sneezes alot

I have a standard Daschund named Oscar, who we adopted from a shelter 3 years ago and was recently diagnosed with nose cancer in June. He has had 3 rounds of chemo and the first two treatments he did very well, he kept his appetite and would only throw up once the following day after chemo. After the third chemo treatment he couldn't keep any food down he was still able to drink but it didn't always stay down. After running tests we found out that his blood work was off the charts and was going into kidney failure. His chemo treatment consisted of 150 mg Carboplatin once every 3 weeks and piroxicam 4.6 mg once daily. So now they think the Piroxicam may have caused the kidney levels to increase. Since then he was taken off the piroxicam and the levels have come down tremendously and with the help of medication he's back to eating me keeping it down. Our vet says we would have to look at another chemo drug and not be able to use the carboplatin due to the blood levels being so high. Can't the carboplatin be used without the Piroxicam? I have read where the carboplatin has better results in treating the nasal cancer. Do you have any insight on this? Thank you, Oscar's owner

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chemotherapy consists of a combination of drugs (two or more) which work to achieve a desired result; side effects like vomiting are normal with these types of treatments and may be managed with antiemetics if applicable. Carboplatin is combined with piroxicam (and with other medications) to give a desired result; the specific type of cancer will have a bearing on the types of chemotherapy used, but if there are problems with carboplatin and piroxicam a change to another regimen would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/when-it-comes-nasal-tumors-nose-knows

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Hollie
German Shepherd
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge

My 5 year old German shepherd has jut stared to have discharge from her nose more the one nostril it's like snotty discharge ,, she's fine in herself but her nostril is sensitive ,, no bleeding bet gave her co amox,, did help but the tried doxy,, didn't clear,,
We're talking about a CT as I'm worried it's a tumour?? Her nasal cavity is swollen no lumps anywhere,, she does sneeze now and again but no breathing problems just sounds a bit blocked up now and then??
Normal airflow from the nostrils, just so worried? Please help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would be tempted to try rhinoscopy before going for a CT scan to see if something can be visualised and biopsied if required, a biopsy would be more valuable than a CT scan in my view; but there is the risk that the issue is out of reach of the rhinoscope so a CT may still be required. There is nothing else I can recommend apart from further investigation which you are considering already. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hollie could you share you test results?

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