Doberman Cancer Is A Sad Reality
Trupanion pet insurance looked at their cancer-related insurance claims to discover which dog breeds had the highest cancer rates. Dating back to the year 2000, they found that Boxers, Golden Retrievers, German shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans were the breeds most 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. The American Veterinary Medical Association states, “Approximately 1 in 4 dogs will, at some stage in their life, develop neoplasia. Almost half of the dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer.”
Doberman Cancer Symptoms
To help your Doberman dog, have regular vet check-ups, and be attentive to any changes in your dog’s behavior. Do a lump and bump body check regularly. My Doberman with lymphoma had obvious lumps on her neck. Some cancers if caught early can be successfully removed and treated. Other signs may include, loss of appetite, weight loss, difficulty peeing or breathing, less interest in exercise(not due to old age), sores that don’t heal, bleeding/vomiting/diarrhea, limping, or stiffness (not due to old age or arthritis).
Having personally lost a Doberman to lymphoma cancer, I encourage everyone to educate themselves on Doberman health issues and support cancer research in general. Luckily, I live near the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada that conducts animal medical health research. I was able to give my Doberman some chemotherapy treatment for her lymphoma. But sadly, it was not successful. The treatment did extend her life but the cancer did return. The chemo treatments were difficult for her physically, and for me mentally. I eventually made the awful decision to let her rest, but thinking back I probably should have done it sooner. Deciding when to euthanize your dog, is probably the most heart-wrenching decision you’ll ever make. So when should it be done? In some cases, it’s not so clear. It’s a very personal decision but this tip might help you decide. When the bad days outnumber the good days, then it’s probably time to let your friend go. You can use the HHHHHMM quality of life scale to help you make that decision. You might want to mark the good and bad days on a calendar to try to be more objective about the decision.
It was a heartbreaking year, but in the end, 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 dog.
Lastly, remember one of my favorite quotes. This simple quote helped me process the death of my dog. Maybe it will help you also. Our pets give us wonderful memories, let’s focus on that instead of the heart-ache.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile, because it happened.