I hear this question a lot:
“Isn’t my dog too old to treat for cancer?”
The answer is: No!
Age is not a disease. I have many 12-plus year old patients that are otherwise healthy and strong. They may have some early kidney disease, a heart murmur, thyroid disease, arthritis, but they are still good cancer patients.
If your dog is older, please, don’t assume he or she can’t or won’t tolerate treatment. See an oncologist, get the big picture, and then decide. But don’t think just because your pet is “old” he cannot tolerate treatment, and more importantly live longer and live better with treatment than without.
Even if you decide against conventional treatments, there are still many, many things you can do to help your dog with cancer. Steps two through five in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide apply to all dogs — even older ones!
Live longer, live well,
Sue Ettinger, DVM. Dip. ACVIM (Oncology). Dr. Sue is a boarded veterinary medical cancer specialist. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology), she is one of approximately 400 board-certified veterinary specialists in medical oncology in North America. She is a book author, radio co-host, and an advocate of early cancer detection and raising cancer awareness. Along with Dr. Demian Dressler, Dr. Sue is the co-author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity.