The Wall Street Journal published an excellent article today about canine cancer, its links to genetics, and what you can do to try to lower your dog’s risk of developing cancer or at least, catch it early.
Please take a minute to read. Even if you know a lot about canine cancer, there is still some very useful information here, including a list of popular breeds and their associated cancer risks.
When Cancer Comes with a Pedigree
By Melinda Beck
I started writing this column while lying on the floor with a golden retriever who didn’t have long to live. All goldens are friendly and eager to please, but Cody was especially affectionate and goofy. He loved to sit on park benches and he seemed to think that everybody he met had nothing better to do than pat him. Most people agreed.
Cody was only seven, middle-aged for the breed, but a fast-moving cancer was filling up his lungs, making it harder and harder for him to breathe.