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New Research On The Relationship Between Canine Size And Cancer Risk Revealed What Breeds Are Most Prone To Developing The Disease

Wendy - stock.adobe.com - illustrative purposes only, not the actual dogs

Catching cancer as early as possible is crucial for treatment efficacy and, ultimately, saving lives, regardless of whether a human’s health or a dog’s wellness is at stake.

Right now, most dog owners tend to use a robust diet, plenty of exercise, and regular check-ups to try and keep their furry friends healthy. But imagine if you could actually know ahead of time whether or not your loyal companion was at a higher risk of developing cancer.

Well, a recent study suggests that there is a significant link between a dog’s size and its cancer risk, and understanding this relationship could potentially aid early intervention efforts.

The research examined dogs of various sizes, ranging from tiny pups like chihuahuas to larger breeds such as mastiffs and Great Danes.

Contrary to long-held beliefs, it also appears that larger dogs are actually at a lower risk of cancer, mainly because they tend to have shorter lifespans compared to smaller dogs, which usually live longer.

After all, as dogs age, they face more health risks, and their immune systems weaken, which is why smaller dogs might be more prone to cancer.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), large dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labradors usually have a lifespan of eight to 12 years.

On the flip side, studies indicate that medium-sized breeds like Poodles, French Bulldogs, and Cocker Spaniels, as well as smaller breeds like Terriers, Pomeranians, and Chihuahuas, face a greater risk of developing cancer due to their longer lifespans.

So, small breeds can exceed 15 years of age, while medium breeds may live between 10 to 13 years, according to the AKC.

Wendy – stock.adobe.com – illustrative purposes only, not the actual dogs

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