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Tue, Apr 27 | By Jay Speiden | 25

Losing a pet is like losing your best friend or a member of your family. So a simple blood test that could help detect one of the leading canine killers would seem like good news, but some veterinarians are not completely sold. The new … more ›

Blood Test Could Detect Cancer in Dogs
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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

it is such a good thing that efforts are being mad to detect this terrible disease in our pets

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DoggedHealth
3 years ago

I have my vet do a blood test yearly for my Black Lab. Even if she appears healthy. thanks for the article. I found this info very helpful also, <a href="http://www.doggedhealth.com/diseases-a-symptoms.html">dog disease</a>

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Jaytaylor5555
3 years ago

If it wasn't for a blood test I would not have found out that my dog had contracted a horrible <a href="http://www.doggedhealth.com/diseases-a-symptoms.html">dog disease</a>. So, I think it would be great if a blood test could detect cancer in dogs. I recommend visiting DoggedHealth.com. They gave me a lot of information on diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

to be able to find this terrible disease earlier is a tremendus step fw for our pets

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

browne any help i a good thing

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Kris
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Kris
3 years ago

If this can truly detect cancer "before it is fully formed" it would be interesting to know if it could reasonably used as a yearly screening, at least for older dogs, who are recommended to have blood work anyway to check kidneys, liver function, etc. It would be great to find the cancer that early before the dog is even sick if the price was reasonable and there were not too many false positives, etc.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

kris that is a good question

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Bowne
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Bowne
3 years ago

This is great if it is true. I'm not sure about it, but if it can help in any way, that is wonderful.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
3 years ago

I don't think it is possible for this test to detect all forms of cancer. If it was possible, wouldn't there be a test like that for humans? I'm sure it can detect some cancers and is probably a good tool to use in addition to others by the vet.

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Kris
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Kris
3 years ago

I agree. I am skeptical about it finding 100% of cancers. If it can help save the lives, it is a wonderful thing, but as you said, in conjunction with other testing.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

kris and stef those are very good points

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
3 years ago

Great news, but, of course, I'm skeptical about the claim that it can detect ALL forms of cancer. I still wouldn't poo-poo it because of my skepticism because it can really help!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

this is terrific news. it is about time they developed this test for cancer

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
3 years ago

Awesome breakthrough in pet healthcare/detection if this is so. I wonder how much this test will cost and if in 2 or 3 years from now if all Veterinarians will recommend this test on an annual basis. I like Dr. Rocha's philosophy to not use this blood test unless necessary.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

that is very true. a like the way they tell you that too

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

i like that point too. it is hard sometimes to come up with the money for the vet. so listen to what they

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Jillian
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Jillian
3 years ago

so basically, listen to a vet you trust not to do one over on you and if they suggest the test, then do it, yeah?

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
3 years ago

I think it is a good test. I wish they would have had this available when my Ashley was diagnosed with cancer. We may have found the cancer sooner.

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Kris
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Kris
3 years ago

We lose so many dogs, like your Ashley, to cancer. It is great to have tools to find it sooner and hopefully save lives.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
3 years ago

I agree Kris

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
3 years ago

I read that this blood test is also going to be available soon for cats and that it will cost about $40.00.

I can understand the concern over "false negatives" and "false positives" and that the blood test alone won't really solve anything, but I think the more diagnostic tools available, the better off pets will be in the long run.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
3 years ago

So Dr. Roccho's comment about "spending all your money on this one cancer test" and not being able to afford a follow-up for other problems seems pretty "lame"!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

that pice for cats does not seem unreasonable but i wonder if the dog test is more. i wish they had told us in the article

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Ches21
3 years ago

I like the fact that it will be easier to tell if a dog has cancer or not. It is not dogs but used to it was hard to find out if people had cancer or if they were diabeteic's. The doctors said my younger brother was not diabeteic when he was one year of age even after he kept lifting his finger up and my mom finally checked his blood sugar and it was high. She had to go to sevral diffrent doctors before someone told her that he was a diabeteic. Then on tv I saw a thing were these people had a cat that they figured was diabeteic and the vet said that they were not sure how to test for that and they did not know what the signs where.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

this is great so many people will find it much easier to know there is this test

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