Trupanion pet insurance looked at their cancer-related insurance claims and discovered which dog breeds were frequently affected. Dating back to the year 2000, they found that boxers, golden retrievers, german shepherds, rottweillers and dobermans were the breeds more prone to cancer.
The National Canine Cancer Foundation doesn’t share good news either. They state that one in three dogs will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Furthermore this disease is claiming the lives of roughly half of those diagnosed with cancer.
To protect your doberman or pet dog, have regular vet check-ups and be attentive to any changes in your dogs behaviour. Some cancers if caught early can be successfully removed and treated. Having personally lost a much loved doberman to lymphoma cancer, I encourage everyone to educate themselves on dog health concerns and support cancer research.
Luckily, I live near the Ontario Veterinary College that conducts animal health research, and was able to give my doberman some chemotherapy treatment for her lymphoma. Sadly, it was not successful. The treatment did extend her life but in the end the cancer returned and the chemo treatments were too difficult physically for her and mentally for me. I made the awful decision to let her finally rest. It was a heart breaking year but I felt some consolation knowing that my dog had a great doctor and vet team treating her. I like to think that we also contributed to dog cancer research by trying the chemo and drug protocol options available.
Have you lost your pet to cancer? Please share your personal experience in the comments below.