Sadly, according to leading pet health experts interviewed in 2018 by TruthinCancer.com, 1 in 1.65 dogs will get cancer. This is up from 2010 when the Wall Street Journal, reported that 1 in 3 US dogs were affected by cancer. The most common types of canine cancer are: Lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumor, cancer of the spleen, cancer of the eyelid, and liver cancer. Also, certain dog breeds are at a higher risk for cancer including: Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever and the Boxer.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
All pet parents, not just those with breeds that are at a higher risk for cancer, need to be aware of the risk factors for this disease including poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity. You should also be aware of the symptoms of cancer including:
- Lumps or sores that don’t heal
- Extreme changes in your dog’s appetite
- Significant changes in your dog’s weight
- Unwillingness to exercise
- Difficulty breathing or going to the bathroom
Additional sources: TheBark.com