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Cats get mast cell tumors, too! Part I.

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Although there are some similarities between mast cell tumors in dogs and cats, there are many differences, as well. In both species, mast cell tumors are a cancerous overgrowth of a normal cell in the body called a mast cell. Mast cells are part of the immune system. They are […]

Nutrition and Cancer

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology March is right around the corner, which means it’s almost National Nutrition Month. In honor of this, we want to discuss nutrition and cancer over the next few weeks. In the first post, we will answer one of the most commonly asked questions, that is, what should I feed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Truth About Chemotherapy in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology When your pet is diagnosed with cancer, hearing the word ‘chemotherapy’ as a treatment option can be scary. The truth is that chemotherapy can often improve or maintain quality of life in dogs and cats, but it’s not for every pet or for every owner. Here’s what I tell […]

Part 2: Detection of cancer in dogs and cats: “I think we caught it early!”

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology Here are the top 4 ways to be a proactive participant in your dog’s or cat’s health care and be the best advocate for your pet when on the lookout for cancer. 1. Develop an early detection plan with your veterinarian. Ask your family veterinarian about developing a routine […]

Part 1: Detection of cancer in dogs and cats: “I think we caught it early!”

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology As is true for humans, cancer is a common disease in pets. It is estimated that 25% of all dogs and nearly 50% of dogs over 10 will die of cancer. Even before you have had a pet diagnosed with cancer, it pays to be educated about detecting cancer […]

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