East Lincoln Animal Hospital

7555 Highway 73 East
Denver, NC 28037



Cancer and your Pet


Cancer is the number one cause of disease related death in dogs 2 years and older and some breeds are predisposed to certain types of cancers. Cancer and kidney disease are the leading causes of death in cats.

As a pet owner, you can help in the early detection of cancer in your pet.

  • Bring your pet in for an examination for any new "lumps" and "bumps" that you find.
  • Have a cytological examination performed for all new masses, lumps, and bumps that you find. (Cytology is when the Doctor will aspirate the mass with a needle and put the contents onto a slide which is stained and then examined to determine if the mass is a tumor.)
  • Make sure your pet is examined by a veterinarian at least once a year and every 6 months for older pets. Your veterinarian will pick up abnormalities (such as enlarged organs and lymph nodes) before you might notice them.
  • Older pets should have yearly blood profiles performed that can often help in the detection of cancer. (Blood profiles may indicate anemia, changes in organ function, and increases in blood calcium that may help suggest cancer is present).

Dog Breeds Predisposed to Cancer:


Large or Giant Breeds 


Bernese Mountain Dog 

Histiocytic Sarcoma 


Lymphoma, Brain cancer 

Chow Chow 

Stomach cancer 

Cocker Spaniel 



Nasal Cancer 

English Springer Spaniel 

Mammary Cancer 

Flat Coated Retriever 

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (bladder Cancer) and Melanoma 

Golder Retriever 

Lymphoma, Hemangiosarcoma 



Labrador Retriever 

Lymphoma, Hemangiosarcoma 


Mast Cell Tumor 


Mast Cell Tumor 

Scottish Terrier 

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (bladder cancer) and Melanoma 




Cat Breeds Predisposed to Cancer

There are not as many articles concerning the types of cancer seen in cats as in dogs. It has been reported that the Manx, Siamese, and Burmese breeds are more likely to have cancer than other breeds.

If you want to help donate to help cure cancer in animals, please visit the following websites to learn more about the effort to help animals in the fight against cancer: