One of the most frustrating things about canine cancer is how hard it is to detect early. Even the most diligent pet guardian can miss most types of cancer in their early stages. Once a cancer begins to spread and take hold, it becomes much more difficult to treat and outcomes are not as good.
Given this, how would you feel about routine annual cancer screenings for your dog? A company called PetScreen out of the UK has already developed a screening test for lymphoma and is now working towards tests to detect Mast Cell Cancer and Osteosarcoma…two notoriously difficult types of cancer to catch early.
Ideally, pups would receive a baseline test at about 12 months of age and then beginning in middle age, they would automatically be screened for certain types of cancer during their annual vet visits. Bi-annual screens could even be done if your dog is at high risk for developing a type of cancer. Similar to the annual heartworm testing that we’ve all become accustomed to, the cancer screens simply require a blood sample from your dog. The blood is then tested for certain protein markers.
PetScreen lymphoma screenings are currently available in the UK and they are working on developing a network within the US so pet guardians in America can also have access to this remarkable breakthrough in science. To learn more, visit www.pet-screen.com.