Cancer in Dogs

Did you know that cancer is the number one cause of death for domestic dogs? As many as six million dogs will be diagnosed this year alone. A Cameron Park, CA vet discusses pet cancer in this article.


Just like people, dogs can be afflicted by many different types of cancers. However, a cancer diagnosis is by no means an automatic death sentence. There are now many treatment options available. These include cutting-edge treatments, such as intravenous (IV) Vitamin C therapy and immunotherapy, as well as treatments such as acupuncture, which can help manage pet’s pain and just help them feel better. Ask your vet for more information.

Pets At Risk

Cancer can strike any pet at any time. However, some dogs are at higher risk than others. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds can have as much as an 80 percent chance of developing cancer. Age is also a factor: the risk of cancer will increase as Fido ages.


Diet plays a huge role in Fido’s overall health. Unfortunately, pet food brands are not always as healthy as they claim. For example, recent studies have shown that some dog foods contain alflatoxin B1, which may cause cancer, as well as grains and corn. These are converted into sugar, which fuels cancer cells. On the bright side, many pet foods contain nutrients that can boost your pet’s immune system, and help fight cancer. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Signs of Cancer

Some common signs of cancer include reduced appetite, weight loss, lameness, respiratory issues, lumps or swelling, discharge or bleeding, trouble eating and/or swallowing, difficulty urinating or defecting, depression/lethargy, unusual odors, and bad breath. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags.


There is, unfortunately, no foolproof way to keep your pup cancer-free. However, you can protect him from things that may increase the risk of cancer. These include environmental factors, such as exposure to chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides; secondhand smoke, and other toxins. It’s also important to have Fido thoroughly examined regularly. Thorough screenings may reveal changes in pets’ bodies even before symptoms appear. Early detection is extremely beneficial, and may even save your dog’s life!

Please contact us, your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about cancer in pets. We’re dedicated to offering great care!

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