Dogs are like humans: as life expectancy increases, so does the likelihood of developing a tumor. At the same time, dogs today are not necessarily more susceptible to cancer than in the past. However, two factors ensure that tumors are detected more frequently: Firstly, we often regard our dogs as full members of the family, for whom we also have extensive diagnostics carried out. Secondly, however, it is precisely these diagnostics as well as the therapy itself in modern veterinary medicine that is often so good that many diseases also have a good long-term prognosis.
Despite all progress, cancer in dogs is very similar to humans: "cancer" is not a single disease but rather a collective term for a large and very heterogeneous group of tumor diseases. There are also tumors in dogs that can be controlled very well and in the long term. In the same way, however, we also see tumors for which we can only provide palliative treatment. Here we try to provide the highest possible quality of life in the short time remaining. The most common tumors of the dog are addressed here and some are treated further.
Please note that this information cannot and should not replace a thorough examination and veterinary workup.