SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Though surprising to some, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers contracted by female dogs, but pet owners should know there are ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the cancer.
“In veterinary medicine we call it mammary gland cancer,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA. “If you think about it, when you have eight to 10 puppies you have a lot of mammary gland tissue there.”
Scarlett said the number one preventative measure is to spay female dogs before their first heat. “That virtually eliminates the chance for breast cancer in dogs,” she said.