My dog or cat has a lump. What do I do?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology As pets age, they get lumps and bumps. It’s pretty common. But, how do you know if it is a bump that you need to worry about? Good question! The terms lump, bump, mass or tumor can all be used interchangeably. Cancer means that there is unregulated growth of the […]

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What every dog owner should know about mast cell tumors: Part III

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology In two previous posts, I’ve focused on different aspects of mast cell tumors (MCT). In Part I, I gave an overview of MCTs, the problems they cause, diagnosis, where they occur and which types of dogs get them. In Part II, I addressed the most common questions dog owners […]

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Breeds and Cancer: Bernese Mountain Dogs and Histiocytic Sarcoma

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Is My Bernese Mountain Dog More Prone to Cancer? As veterinarians and pet owners, we think it’s important to know if there are certain health risks associated with owning a particular breed of dog. If you start looking around, you will find that this can be the case. Why this […]

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What every dog owner should know about mast cell tumors: Part II

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology My dog has a mast cell tumor…now what? In the first post I discussed mast cell tumor basics, but now I want to get to the heart of your questions about MCTs. In the next two posts, I am going to answer the questions that we are most commonly […]

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What every dog owner should know about mast cell tumors: Part I

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology Mast cell tumors in dogs: Mast cell tumors are among the most common tumors found on and under the skin in dogs. As oncologists, we give advice to owners and other veterinarians about these tumors every week! Moreover, mast cell tumors can look just like other skin tumors (even […]

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Happy is really happy!

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology I just got good news! The surgeon was able to remove the whole tumor that was growing on Happy’s neck. Happy is a super cute and appropriately named 6 year old miniature Schnauzer. We didn’t think it would be possible to remove the tumor and had prepared for the worst […]

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‘Tis the season: a note of gratitude to my patients and their owners

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology When I first decided to become a veterinarian, I did it because of a love of science. I love genetics and cellular biology, physiology and disease processes. As a vet student, I had the opportunity to work in a tumor biology lab killing cancer in tiny little test tubes. While […]

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How long does my dog/ cat have to live?

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology This is the question pet owners are most likely to ask, and often the most important questions are the most difficult to answer. This question is no exception. As pet owners and veterinarians, we understand how important it is to you to know how long you can expect your […]

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But what would YOU do for your dog? One veterinarian’s perspective:

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology When pet owners come in and we discuss treatment options for their dog or cat, I often get asked the question: what would you do if your dog had cancer? Because this choice is so personal and involves so many different factors, I don’t like answering this question directly. I […]

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Can cancer in dogs and cats be detected by a blood test?

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology This is a great question that is commonly asked by our clients. The answer isn’t as easy as a simple “yes” or “no.” Simply put, blood tests are a piece of the puzzle, but in most cases, they don’t tell the whole story. For many types of cancer in […]

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