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Default 1 in 3 Dogs Will Get Cancer - Is Your Dog at Risk?

Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. The National Canine Cancer Foundation is asking for your help to fund important research grants that are working towards improving those statistics. Through a major project funded by the National Institute of Health, the mapping of the genome sequence of the dog has been complete. Knowing the mapping of every gene in the dog, gives researchers an advantage not yet achieved in humans. By National Canine Cancer Foundation

Having your dog diagnosed with cancer has got to be one of the most frightening things. This may be a remote thought for many of you who have happy and healthy dogs, but canine cancer is more common than you might think.

But did you know that the National Canine Cancer Foundation estimates that 1 in 3 dogs will suffer from cancer. As a matter of fact, cancer accounts for almost half of all deaths in pets over 10 years of age.

My goal is to educate all of my Pet Place subscribers about how to keep your dog healthy and how to spot the warning signs of canine cancer.

Cancer can occur in or under the skin, and it can affect just about any location or organ in the body. Various types of cancer can result in different areas of the body, and the signs of cancer vary with the location and type of cancer. The aggressiveness of the cancer will depend on the type of cancer, the location and the individual pet.

The earlier you seek treatment the better, so it is important that you know the common warning signs of cancer so you can act quickly.

We have created a special article to help you identify the signs you should be looking for. Please take a few minutes to educate yourself by reading this valuable information.

Signs of Canine Cancer

Dogs get many of the same types of cancer as humans, and frequent physical exams and diagnostic tests help detect cancer before it is too late for treatment. Some common signs of cancer in dogs are:

Any lump or mass that appears to be increasing in size
Any sore that does not heal
Change in bowel or bladder habits
Difficulty urinating or defecating
Unexplained bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Difficulty breathing
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Offensive odor
Difficulty eating or swallowing

As always, monitor your dog on a regular basis and alert your vet to any changes or abnormalities.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon
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