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  1. What are Some of the Common Cancers Found in Dogs?
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    Cancer is one of the scariest words for a pet owner to hear from their veterinarian, which makes it all the more important that all vets and staff know exactly how to talk to their clients about any such diagnosis. It is true that cancer is the leading cause of death in animals over ten years old, so dog owners are right to be worried, but what should be immediately emphasized is the fact that most common types of cancer are treatable when detected early enough, and many are outright curable. Just being able to talk to a pet owner about the most common cancers found in dogs and their respective treatments can take some of the sting out of an undeniably difficult time.

    Types of Cancer

    Mammary cancer, mast cell tumors (usually in the skin), and lipomas are three of the most frequently diagnosed cancers, and all can be malignant. Lymphoma is a cancer of the blood cells known as lymphocytes, and can be found everywhere from organs like the spleen and liver to lymph nodes, the GI tract, or even bone marrow. Osteosarcoma, on the other hand, is restricted to the bones themselves, but its tumors can be aggressive. Older dogs also often develop melanoma, which presents in footpads, nail beds, mouth, and skin, as well as bladder or lung cancer, both of which can be malignant and quickly spread to other regions.

    Cancer Treatments

    Just hearing descriptions of these illnesses is enough to make any dog owner feel faint, which is why it’s so important to focus on the high success rate for the treatment of cancer in dogs. Those types of cancer that manifest as tumors can often be surgically removed before they turn malignant or spread. Other kinds of cancer may require chemotherapy or some other sort of radiation therapy, but even in these cases, most dogs tolerate the treatment well, and they will certainly improve and prolong the life of the animal. It’s also worth talking to dog owners about what preventative measures they can take to reduce their pet’s chances of developing cancer later in life—spaying dogs before they get too old, for example, makes them less likely to be diagnosed with mammary cancer.

    Cancer Diagnosis

    Ultimately, every cancer is different, and so is every case of it, but what is universal is the love dog owners have for their pets. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but it should also be pointed out that the reason it has become so common in older dogs is that they are being taken better care of than ever before in history. Simply put, senior animals would rarely live so long, and now that we are expanding their life spans with healthier diets and quality health care, the emergence of certain diseases is actually as natural as it is inevitable.

    Whatever the diagnosis, it greatly benefits both the family and the pet to turn to a veterinary cancer treatment center that specializes in the treatment of cancer in dogs. The Veterinary Cancer Center is an acclaimed veterinary referral pet cancer specialist in Connecticut and New York that can offer expertise and advice during a difficult time. Our specialized veterinary practice is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals, and our staff includes nationally recognized oncologists. Phone (203) 838-6626 for compassionate care, expert advice, and superior medicine.

  2. Dr. Gerald Post and The Veterinary Cancer Center

    NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Dr. Gerald Post , DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology) is one of only two hundred board-certified veterinary oncologist in the United States. Dr. Post graduated with distinction from Cornell University in 1983 and received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in in 1988. In 1991, he completed a residency in Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York and in 1992 became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Post has authored many papers and book chapters on the topics of oncology and hematology, and was recently recognized by New York magazine as one of the best veterinarians in the tri state area. Recently, Dr. Post and his colleagues authored two seminal papers significantly advancing the treatment of both B-cell lymphoma and T-cell lymphoma in dogs. Dr. Post has devoted his life to animals and always had a strong interest in small animal oncology. He truly believes that the knowledge gained through comparative oncology can be used to cure many cancers not only in animals but humans as well.

    As well as being a practicing veterinary internal physician in the tri state area he is also a principle owner of the Veterinary Cancer Center (VCC) in Norwalk, CT. This is a world class facility that specializes in the veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. This facility is privately owned and one of the largest standalone cancer facilities. Almost every case we handle is referred to us by a family veterinarian seeking expert outside counsel. Our approach is to work with your regular veterinarian and form a team of medical experts with a common goal of extending both the quality and length of your pet’s life.

    Dr. Post has also found the Animal Cancer Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of The Riedel & Cody Fund. Both of these foundations support the prevention and possible financial support of both pets and families in need. Dr. Post is also an affiliated partner with the Cornell University Veterinary Specialist and on the scientific advisory board of both Abbott and Bayer.

    Dr. Post will be having a speaking engagement at the upcoming International Melanoma Conference in Hollywood, CA on November 8-11th. One of only a few veterinarian specialists selected to contribute at this prestigious annual meeting. In addition, Dr. Post will be speaking on October 2, 2012 @ 7:30PM at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals and how this translates to humans.

    Throughout his career he has offered both hope and compassion to pet owners. Whatever the diagnosis, Dr. Post will offer endless support and the best possible recommendations for your pet going forward.

  3. The Veterinary Cancer Center Wins the Moffly Media Best of the Gold Coast 2014

    Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut 2015 winners have been announced today. Thanks to the wonderful support of the community and The VCC’s clients the 2015 winner for best veterinarian hospital is once again The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT!

    Dr. Post, David Duchemin,Steven Bonell, Beck Malone, and Rosie Caldron will be at the Moffly Media “Winners” party on Thursday, July 23th from 6:30-9:30PM at the Hilton Stamford. Please be sure to stop by at our booth and meet our staff and have fun with the photo booth provided by the VCC! Limited tickets are still available online by clicking here and tickets will be available at the door.

    The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC) is the largest standalone specialized veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. This hospital provides patients with the latest in medicine and when coupled with the staff’s expertise, it allows clients to make informed decisions about what is best for their pet. The VCC will treat your pet as if it were their own, with the utmost compassion and care. When the diagnosis is cancer, you can reach out to the VCC for expert advice and superior medicine. The VCC, providing HOPE, for a happier, longer life!

    For more information please call Steven Bonell or Jerrold Williams at 203-838-6626, 129 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT or email us at info@vcchope.com