SENIOR CARE – NEW METHODS FOR EARLY CANCER DETECTION
The rate of spleen tumors in dogs have risen over the past decade, accounting for 5% of all tumors in dogs. Spleen tumors primarily occur in middle-aged to older dogs (mean 9.3-11 years), most often in large breed dogs, with the German shepherd dog, golden retriever, and Labrador retriever being overrepresented. In most circumstances, the tumor is not recognized until very late into the disease process. With this in mind, a new blood test has been released that correctly detects 82% of splenic hemangiosarcoma. Early senior screening through ultrasonography can also be performed to detect this disease. Please consult with your veterinarian should you wish to learn more about testing.
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I think this is a wonderful idea as I have recently experienced the loss of my wonderful senior dog, Sophie. While she showed no signs of spleen or liver issues, her cancer was too advanced to save her. Would give anything to have had this service as an option, and when next I have another dog, I sure will take advantage of this option!