Category Archives: Oncology

The Top 3 Myths about Cancer in Dogs and Cats

A dog receiving an injection

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Many pet parents are surprised when their furry friend is diagnosed with cancer because they don’t realize these devastating diseases affect dogs and cats (and most other animals as well). According to the Canine Health Foundation, 25% of the 77 million dogs living in the United States will develop

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Do Dogs Need Sunscreen? Protecting Your Dog from Solar-induced Tumors

A dog lying in the sun

Last week I saw a new patient with skin cancer. This dog’s tumor was a bit unusual for the dogs we see at the Animal Medical Center – this dog’s cancer was likely the result of sun exposure. I’ll explore this unusual topic in the blog post below. Common Skin Cancers in Dogs The most

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What should I do about the lump on my dog’s skin?

A mast cell tumor on a dog

Finding a skin lump on your dog always provokes concern. Is it just another fatty tumor, or is it something more sinister? Fortunately, veterinarians have the diagnostic tools to determine whether your pet’s lump is malignant or benign, but it’s up to pet owners to alert your veterinarian of any new growths. Fine Needle Aspiration

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New Treatments for Pets on the Horizon

A cat being examined by a veterinarian

Most people know the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with approving prescription drugs for people and all types of animals. What would surprise many pet owners is the limited number of approved drugs available for pets. Many of the drugs used by veterinary specialists are human drugs that have been repurposed

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