Pet insurance company Trupanion reviews cancer claims and releases top dog breeds affected by the disease.
(Vocus) October 11, 2010 — Trupanion, the nation’s fastest-growing pet insurance company, today released a list of dog breeds most prone to cancer, according to pet insurance claims received since August 12, 2000.
The Boxer ranked first on the list, with 98 cancer-related claims totaling $47,501.45. Boxers are a playful and outgoing breed, but are sensitive to the heat and cold.
Second on the list was the German Shepherd, with 96 reported claims associated with cancer, and a total of $42,489.57. This is a faithful and protective breed, commonly used as police dogs.
The Golden Retriever ranked third, with 86 cancer-related claims from insured dogs. Golden Retrievers are extremely obedient, good natured, intelligent, and very easy to train.
The Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher rounded out the top five, with 86 and 42 cancer-related claims respectively.
According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, canine cancer affects one in every three dogs, and of those affected, half will die from the disease. To catch the disease as early as possible, the foundation encourages all dog owners to routinely examine their dogs for any physical or behavioral abnormalities and bring their dogs in for regular veterinary exams.
Symptoms of cancer include abnormal swellings, lumps under armpits and under the jaw, sores that won’t heal, foul breath, weight loss, difficulty breathing, and unexplained bleeding.
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.