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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

Yet, during this study, lead author Leonard Nunney and his colleagues discovered that certain breeds, irrespective of their size, are naturally more susceptible to particular types of cancer.

For instance, terriers, specifically Scottish Terriers, are actually more likely to suffer from bladder cancer. On the other hand, Flat-Coated Retrievers are prone to a less common type of cancer known as sarcoma, which affects the bones and soft tissues.

However, don’t rush to contact your veterinarian just yet. Rather, Nunney wanted to make it clear to pet owners that just because smaller dogs are at an increased risk of cancer, it doesn’t guarantee they will actually develop it.

Instead, this insight simply allows animal experts and scientists to more effectively study dog breeds and understand the role genetics play in the risk of cancer moving forward.

“Dogs are an extremely good model for understanding the genetic changes that may lead to a higher susceptibility of specific cancers,” Nunney said.

To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, visit the link here.

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