Thyroid Tumors in Dogs

Thyroid tumors comprise 1.2-3.8% of all tumors in dogs and the majority (about 90%) are found to be malignant (known as thyroid carcinoma or thyroid adenocarcinoma). Breeds that have a higher risk of developing this type of cancer include Beagles, Boxers and Golden Retrievers although any dog can develop a thyroid tumor. Most dogs with thyroid tumors are older (>10 years). Clinical signs The most common sign is the finding of a mass in the neck. In most cases, these tumors are present on only on one side of the neck (unilateral) but there is a small percentage of dogs
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Recognizing the Important Work of Service Dogs

Service dogs are special companions. They help people with disabilities, they provide comfort in times of crisis, they support our country’s police force and military, and they do so much more. At Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine & Oncology, we understand just how important these dogs are, especially to the people they serve. We’re proud to be able to provide internal medicine and oncology services to keep them in the best of health so they can go on to do great things. So, what are some of those great things service dogs do? Not all service dogs wear a vest, meaning
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Understanding Osteosarcoma in Dogs

Osteosarcoma is a form of bone cancer in dogs that accounts for 85% of primary bone tumors diagnosed, making it the most common bone tumor. It is a highly aggressive tumor, characterized by local invasion and destruction of the bone as well as early metastasis (spread to other organs, the most common site of metastasis being the lungs). Osteosarcoma most commonly affects the limbs (or the appendicular skeleton) of large to giant breed dogs.  It can also occur in other bones such as the skull, ribs, vertebrae, and pelvis (the axial skeleton) which are more common sites in smaller dogs.
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