Skin cancer is common in dogs - early detection is the key to successful treatment.
According to www.labbies.com, skin cancer in dogs comprises of 58% of the total cancers occurring in dogs.
All dogs are prone to skin cancer, however, dogs with short coats and/or pale skin have a higher chance of developing skin cancer.
Breeds of dogs that have been found to have a higher incidence of skin cancer include boxers • Scottish terriers • bull mastiffs • basset hounds • weimaraners • samoyed • schnauzers • Scottish terriers • golden retrievers • doberman pinschers • Chinese crested hairless dog • dalmation • pit bulls • German short-haired painters.
Excessive exposure to sunlight has been shown to cause a high incidence of skin cancer. Trying to keep your dog out of the sunlight will be close to impossible.
The easiest way to protect skin from the sun’s UV rays is to:
- Regular baths and grooming will help you see any changes in your dog’s skin.
- Clothing that covers the skin and protects against the sun’s UV rays
- Regular visits to your veterinarian.
- Delay in treatment of skin cancer can result in serious harm to your dog’s health.