Dogs like humans contract life-threatening and aggressive diseases like cancer. According to veterinarian Dr. Mark Silberman, some dog breeds are at a higher risk of certain cancers than others.
Common Cancers in Popular Dog Breeds
Beagle – Mast cell tumor, Sebaceous gland tumor, Haemangiopericytoma, Perianal gland adenoma, Lymphosarcoma
Boston – Terrier Mast cell tumor, Melanoma, Fibroma, Primary brain tumor
Dalmatian – Actinic keratosis, Cutaneous haemangioma
German Shepherd – Colorectal neoplasia, Sweat gland tumor, Trichoepithelioma, Anal sac adenocarcinoma, Cutaneous haemangioma, Lymphoma, Myxoma, Nasal cavity tumors, Insulinoma, Limbal melanoma, Testicular neoplasia, Thymoma
Greyhound – None, though there are signs of haemangiosarcoma
Golden Retriever – Mast cell tumor, Sweat gland tumor, Trichoepithelioma, Melanoma, Haemangioma, Histiocytoma, Fibroma, Lymphosarcoma, Nasal cavity tumors, Thyroid neoplasia, Insulinoma, Primary brain tumor, Fibrosarcoma
Jack Russell – Pituitary tumor
Labrador Retriever – Mast cell tumor, Cutaneous histiocytoma, Sq. cell carcinoma, Nasal cavity tumors, Insulinoma, Lymphosarcoma, Limbal melanoma, Oral Fibrosarcoma, Thymoma
Maltese – None
Poodle – Basal cell tumor, Trichoepithelioma, Sebaceous gland tumor, Sq. cell carcinoma, Insulinoma, Pituitary tumor, Adrenalcortical tumor, Lymphosarcoma, Limbal melanoma, Oral melanoma, Testicular neoplasia
Scottish Terrier – Mast cell tumor, Melanoma, Histiocytoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, Lymphoma, Primary brain tumor
Shih Tsu – Sebaceous gland tumor, Perianal gland adenomas
Yorkshire Terrier – Keratocanthoma, Pituitary tumor, Testicular neopla
Skin cancers rank the most common cancer in dogs, while bone, blood, gastrointestinal tract and lymph nodes are also sites where cancer cells develop. Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of dogs older than 10 years of age.
Watch out for these signs and behaviour changes which are indications that you should schedule a physical checkup at your vet’s office as soon as possible: an abnormal new lump, changes to an existing lump, sores that refuse to heal, discharge or bleeding from any opening (nose, mouth, urinary, etc), difficulty in passing motion, difficulty in breathing, vomiting and diarrhea, limping, foul breath, body odour, and loss of stamina. Remember that early detection increases your canine’s chances of survival.
Diet and Cancer
Amongst other factors, poor diet and nutrition based on processed foods are largely blamed for our modern day health problems faced by humans. Similarly this is what our furry pets are facing too – they rarely eat raw and are eating heavily processed dry foods. A change in diet especially during the time when they are suffering from cancer plays a key role in helping the animal fight cancer.