My Dog Has Canine Cancer — Now What?

Finding out that your dog has cancer can be as unsettling as learning such news about any family member. You may feel a range of emotions, with a million thoughts running through your mind. You may feel as if you have to make snap decisions on the spot, though you’re not quite sure what to do next.

It’s totally natural to feel overwhelmed and not know exactly where to begin, especially if you’ve never dealt with such difficult news before. But once you find your ground, it’s important to remember how much your pup needs you as you embark on the cancer fight. Here’s a list of next steps you can take after you’ve found out your dog has been diagnosed with cancer.

9. Take a Deep Breath

First, collect yourself and take a deep breath, so you can try to approach the situation with a clear head. Fighting something like cancer isn’t easy, and a lot of important decisions about treatment need to be made. You’ll be given a great deal of information, which can be a lot to take in. Allow yourself time to put some serious thought into determining what you’ll do next.

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8. Begin Your Research

Educate yourself to the hilt so you’ll know what options you have. Learn all you can about the type of cancer your dog is dealing with, as well as its prevalence among different dog breeds. Look into currently approved and accepted treatments and practitioners, as well as treatment center locations. Get advice from your veterinarian and any other pet owners you know who can help. Understand that help is available if you know where to look. Feel free to ask questions, even if it feels like you’re asking the same ones over and over again. Knowledge is key to making the best treatment decisions possible.

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