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Q&A: My dog has cancer. Should I go to my regular vet or a specialist?




Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Read all the Q&As she’s shared
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Q: I just found out my dog has cancer. Can my normal vet treat her or do I need to take her to a specialist?

A: There are many different kinds of cancers that can affect animals. Each type of cancer has its own effects, treatment options, and prognosis.

Unfortunately, certain forms of cancer are extremely malignant and cannot be treated. Others can be cured or controlled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these treatments.

Veterinary oncologists specialize in cancer and its treatment. While
your normal vet can guide you and discuss options with you, he or she
may want to refer you to a veterinary oncologist, especially if
radiation or chemotherapy is an option for your pet.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to
Dr. Lauren at

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