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Cancer In Dogs: What You Should Know


Dog Breeds & Cancer

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While it is important to note that any dog can get any type of cancer, there are certain breeds that are diagnosed with cancer at a higher rate than others.

  • Golden retrievers – The two most common types of cancer in this breed are hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.1 Other types of cancer include mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and melanoma.2
  • Rottweiler – This breed is prone to osteosarcoma (bone cancer), lymphoma, mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, osteosarcoma, transitional cell carcinomas (or bladder cancer) and hemangiosarcomas (or cancer of the blood vessels).2
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs – This breed has a short lifespan that can be impacted by cancer, especially mast cell tumors.3
  • Doberman Pinscher – The most common types of cancer in this breed are hemangiosarcoma, melanoma, and osteosarcoma.2
  • German Shepherd – This breed has a high incidence of cancer.3
  • Great Dane – This breed has a short lifespan and a high incidence of cancer, especially osteosarcoma.3
  • Labrador Retriever – The most common forms of cancer in this breed are hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, and melanoma.2
  • Boxer – The most common forms of cancer in this breed are hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, mast cell tumors, melanoma, and osteosarcoma.2
  • Basset Hounds – This breed has a high incidence of cancer, especially lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma.2
  • Bulldogs – This breed is susceptible to lymphoma and mast cell tumors.2
  • Saint Bernards – The most common forms of cancer in this breed are lymphoma and osteosarcoma.2
  • Scottish Terriers – This breed is prone to lymphoma and melanoma.2
  • Boston Terriers – The most common forms of cancer in this breed are mast cell tumors and melanoma.2

What to Do If Your Dog Has Cancer

Oncology for dogs is available! If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, contact our Pet Advocates at 833-738-4376 or your local PetCure Oncology center. Our team members are ready to help answer your questions.

RESOURCES
1. National Canine Cancer Foundation. Accessed July 23, 2018, from https://wearethecure.org/learn-more-about-canine-cancer/canine-cancer-library/
2. Morris Animal Foundation. Accessed July 23, 2018, from https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/assets/pdfs/publications/cancer-and-dogs.pdf
3. “9 Dog Breeds With The Highest Cancer Rate” Accessed July 23, 2018 on Web MD.
 
Types of Cancers in Dogs

If your dog is displaying any symptoms of cancer or has been diagnosed with cancer, sort below by cancer type or tumor location to learn more about the most common types of cancer in dogs and available treatment options. Click on the links for more specific information on treatment and real patient stories.



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