Cancer in dogs: How and when is it detected and is there room for improvement? is a free veterinary CE offering made possible through the generous educational support of PetDx®.
This course utilizes the archive of a live presentation.
Major veterinary medical organizations recognize the importance of early cancer detection in dogs. However, guidelines-driven screening protocols for early cancer detection are lacking and cancer is often detected at advanced stages. This course examines data from over 350 cancer-diagnosed dogs to establish how the presenting complaint came to attention and led to a definitive diagnosis of cancer in these patients. Additionally, the content presentation will review the typical age at which cancer is diagnosed in dogs from a cohort of over 3,000 cancer-diagnosed patients. Using this data, an “age to start cancer screening” can be recommended, based on an individual dog’s breed or weight. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how blood-based liquid biopsy testing may offer a convenient, non-invasive, screening tool to aid in the earlier identification of cancer in dogs.
After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- explain how canine cancer currently comes to clinical attention
- determine the most appropriate age to initiate cancer screening in an individual dog based on their breed or weight
- outline how a novel, blood-based cancer screening test can be incorporated into a clinical workflow to aid in the earlier detection of cancer in dogs