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Top 5 Dog Breeds Prone to Canine Cancer

cancerBased on pet insurance claims, Boxers are more susceptible to canine cancer than other breeds, according to a 2010 list by Trupanion, a pet-insurance company.

The rankings are based on the number of cancer-related claims the company has received for each breed over a 10-year period, from 2000 to 2010.

These are the breeds with the most cancer-related claims, and the number of claims for each:

  1. Boxers – 98
  2. German Shepherds – 96
  3. Golden Retrievers – 86
  4. Rottweilers – 86
  5. Doberman Pinschers – 42

The National Canine Cancer Foundation reports that cancer affects one in every three dogs, and half of those will die from the disease. The foundation encourages all dog owners to routinely examine their dogs for any physical or behavioral abnormalities and bring their dogs in for regular veterinary exams.

Among the warning signs of cancer are abnormal swellings, lumps under the armpits or jaw, sores that won’t heal, foul breath, weight loss, difficulty breathing and unexplained bleeding.

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Laura Goldman

Laura Goldman is senior social media writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. She does love dogs. And elephants and turtles. Along with writing about the loves of her life, Laura likes to play with her two pound pups and tell anyone who'll listen just how awesome Pit Bulls are.

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