How To Check For Canine Cancer

Veterinarians are generally very caring people, but they are still in business to make money.  Sometimes, vets may push canine cancer screenings that are unnecessary or painful.  This article will address several methods that you should try to check for canine cancer.

The Necessity Of Canine Cancer Tests

Tests can be painful for your dog, traumatic, unnecessary, and costly.  Anesthetics, especially, are harmful for dogs and should only be used in crucial situations.  Always ask your veterinarian the purpose of a test.  Some tests may be used to determine eligibility for a series of treatment.  In these cases, the trauma of the test may be trumped by the importance of the overall outcome.

Resource For Owners of Dogs With Cancer

Should your veterinarian diagnose your dog with canine cancer, there are many resources available to help you take the best possible care for your dog.  Always get a second, third, even fourth opinion as you would for any person.

Dog Cancer Resource Tips

  • Your veterinarian should know your dog and you very well.  Experience treating canine cancer is a plus.
  • A Veterinary oncologist may assume primary care or function as a consultant when a cancer diagnosis is present.
  • A radiation oncologist or surgeon is generally required for most cancer treatment methods.
  • A holistic veterinarian can assist with your dog’s nutrition and provide information in his or her time of need.
  • Fellow owners of dogs with cancer can provide knowledge, experience, and support.

There are many ways to prevent canine cancer on your own such as proper diet, nutrition, and exercise.  For more information, please see our new book about dog cancer.

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