Vet reveals dog cancer facts


perpetual student
Dec 3, 2007
Texas, USA
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. But half of all cancers are curable if caught early, experts say. WebMD talked to Dave Ruslander, a veterinary oncologist and past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society, about canine cancers and the latest treatments for dogs diagnosed with the disease.

Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point. We see malignant lymphoma, which is a tumor of the lymph nodes. We see mast cell tumors, which is a form of skin cancer. There are mammary gland tumors, or breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas. We also see a fair amount of bone cancer in dogs.

The information Dr. Demian Dressler provides is so important and has helped so many people who were dealing with canine cancer. We heard that our readers wanted a paperback edition of the guide and so Dr. Dressler and our editorial team went to work to release the second edition of the book.

That is when Dr. Susan Ettinger, a veterinary oncologist and schoolmate of Dr. Dressler’s from Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, came on board as a co-author to supervise the book and add an entirely new section, complete with her detailed thoughts on the ten most common types of cancer she sees as an oncologist.

When your very own vet is one of the first to notice that dog cancer is the #1 killer of dogs in his practice — and comes up with outside-the-box ways to address it — the old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” very much applies.

Demian Dressler provides recommendations and thoughtful approach to canine health are systematic, and profoundly helpful. We hope this resource helps you if your dog has been diagnosed with dog cancer.

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Active member
Jul 11, 2011
Our Last German shepherd we had, developed lumps on her neck at the vaccination site which were cancers, she also had a lot of skin issues, which we believed were from vaccinating every year, the two dogs we have now are 6 and 7 and have only ever had their first shots and have not had any since, they are the healthiest dogs we have ever had, and have no skin issues and have never had fleas,I have read where Vet Jean Dodd says that dogs only need to be vaccinated every seven years,if that, and that you can have a titer test to see if the dogs need re vaccination.


New member
Feb 1, 2019
I agree on nutrients and vaccines, but genetics is the main cause in my opinion.