Breast cancer is most often associated with humans, but dogs develop this malignancy as well. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk in your own canine companion. We don’t often think of breast cancer in association with our canine companions. But the fact is, the incidence of mammary tumors in dogs is higher than in any other domesticated animal.
Mammary tumors are three times more common in dogs than they are in humans, according to Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, from Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. They are also more common in adult, non-spayed female dogs, with obesity and older age increases the risk significantly.
In addition to being an ideal companion, Farley, a 12-year-old Tibetan Terrier, has truly been an inspiration to his owners Tom Donelan and Carla Woodcock of Mentor. “I started out with cancer and that was a big enough blow for us, then we found out the Farley had it too,” Woodcock said. Donelan said Farley was lethargic, his stomach was distended and his colitis worsened.
A Chagrin Falls Veterinary Clinic is seeing impressive results with a new trial to cure cancer in canines. Dr. Carol Osborne runs the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic. It’s the only place in the U.S. offering a free cancer treatment trial out of Australia.