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Cancer in Dogs

Cancer in Dogs Treatment Cost: $5,150 to $20,000

How Does Cancer Affect Dogs? 

Unlike many other pets, dogs can suffer from the same types of cancers that humans get. Canines are the only non-human species susceptible to prostate cancer, and dogs are also at risk for bladder cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, mammary carcinoma, skin cancer, bone cancer, testicular cancer, brain and mast cell tumors, and hemangiosarcoma. Canine cancer typically affects one in every three dogs, and more than 50 percent of those affected die from the disease.

Vet pointing at x-ray of dogCanine Cancer Treatment

Any combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery can be used to treat canine cancer, depending on the cancer type and severity. The overall cost of treatment is also dependent on the type and severity of the disease.

  • $500: Single chemotherapy session, with four to five sessions, usually required
  • $2,100 to $3,000: Major surgery for tumor removal
  • $2,000 to $6,050: Radiation therapy

The total cost of treating canine cancer can end up running as high as $20,000. Most dog insurance policies cover cancer treatment, which lets you make decisions about your dog’s health care without the high cost of treatment shaping your decision.

More on Canine Cancer

The National Canine Cancer Foundation outlines how a one-time cancer treatment can easily come to $9,700 with the average costs of different procedures outlined below:

  • Diagnostics: $200 and up
  • Surgery to remove a deep tumor or that requires reconstruction: $1,500 and up
  • Chemotherapy cost varies, depending on the size of the dog: $200 to more than $2,100

Other Canine Cancer Facts

Cancer rates are three times higher in female dogs than male dogs due to the high incidence of mammary cancer
An estimated one in three dogs dies of cancer, which is the same rate in humans. Some breeds are more susceptible to the disease than others. These include:

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  1. Reply
    Martyna P. 02/18/2016 at 11:30 am

    My dog (a poodle) suffers from cancer. It’s very painful for me because treating it is very expensive and I don’t have that much money. At least my dog is old, even if she didn’t have a cancer, she would live 2-3 years more anyway. Still… I wonder if it’s cheaper to treat cancer when your dog has an insurance.

    • Reply
      Susan Murphy 10/27/2016 at 5:32 am

      Sorry to hear about your poodle.

  2. Reply
    Susan Murphy 10/27/2016 at 5:35 am

    The warning signs of cancer in dogs are very similar to that in people. A lump or a bump, a wound that doesn’t heal, any kind of swelling, enlarged lymph nodes, a lameness or swelling in the bone, abnormal bleeding. Those are all classic signs. But sometimes there are little or no signs, at least early on. So any time an animal isn’t feeling well, or there’s something abnormal or not quite right, the owner needs to bring it to the attention of their veterinarian for the best advice.

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