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By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
May 28, 2013
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Dogs  

I recently had a patient that asked me, can dogs get skin cancer? Thanks to a recent publication by the Skin Cancer Foundation, I was able to answer this question. Dogs can get skin cancer too! It is more common for a dog to get a Melanoma than a Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. However, all are possible. Just like humans, heredity plays a role in the development of Melanoma in dogs. Darker haired dogs are more likely to develop melanoma, while light-haired dogs are more likely to develop Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. You can take steps to protect your dog from the sun by giving him a shady place to rest when outside. You can even buy sun protective clothing or doggie sunscreen at your local pet store. Don't forget to apply sunblock on yourself too! Of course, regular check-ups at the Dermatologist and Veteranarian can help prevent or catch skin cancers in early stages on you and your dog!

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