Doberman Cancer Is A Sad Reality
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, Rottweilers, 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. Doberman cancer is sadly a tragic diagnosis.
To help your Doberman or pet dog, have regular vet check-ups and be attentive to any changes in your dog’s behavior. 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 in Canada that conducts animal medical health research, and I was able to give my Doberman some chemotherapy treatment for her lymphoma. Sadly, it was not successful. The treatment did extend her life but the cancer did return and the chemo treatments were too difficult for her physically, and for me mentally. I made the awful decision to let her finally rest, but thinking back I probably should have done it sooner. It was a heartbreaking year, but I felt some consolation knowing that my dog had a great doctor and vet team treating her. I also like to think that we contributed to Doberman cancer research by trying the chemo and drug protocol options at the time.
Have you lost your pet to cancer? Please share your experience in the comments below. I believe these comments help other owners make some difficult decisions and help them through the grief of losing their pet.
Lastly, remember one of my favorite quotes, Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile, because it happened. Our pets give us wonderful memories, let’s focus on that instead of the heart-ache.