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10 Treatment Options to Help Your Dog During the Fight Against Cancer

Reviewed by Bill Saxon DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC on Friday, August 14, 2015
Posted August 21, 2015 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

AJ Debiasse, a technician in Stroudsburg, PA, contributed to this article.

Hearing your dog has cancer can be terrifying. One of the most common questions asked is, “How long does she have left to live?” Cancer does not automatically mean a death sentence. Some cancers are curable. In addition, not all cancers are created equal. Your dog's options directly depend on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. However, there is always hope. In fact, lots of hope. Here are 10 treatment options to help your dog during the fight against cancer.

1. Surgery

Surgical removal, complete or partial, is one of the most common options when dealing with a mass. Tumor removal can help stop the spreading of cancer or even provide a cure depending on the cancer type and location. Cancer doesn't always follow the rules, so it may be beneficial to enlist the help of a board-certified surgeon working together with an oncologist to perform the surgery.

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and author. His traveling practice takes him all over Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. You can visit his website at www.DrPhilZeltzman.com, and follow him at www.facebook.com/DrZeltzman.