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How to check your dog for signs of cancer

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As with humans, innovations in health care have contributed to an increased life span for dogs. May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

In a 2009 interview, Martha Smith, director of veterinary services at Boston’s Animal Rescue League said, “Just as the average life expectancy for people keeps reaching closer to the century mark, we’ll continue to see the same parallels in our pet population."

But the longer dogs live, the more susceptible they are to cancer. In fact, 1-in-4 dogs will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.

And cancer is now the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Nearly 42% of dogs die of some form of cancer.

As part of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, KING 5 interviewed a couple of people from local Petco stores yesterday about how to check for signs of cancer in your dog.

The interview provides dog owners with basic, easy-to-understand information with how to spot potential warning signs of cancer in your dog. It also explained how you can work with your dog's groomer to look watch for cancer hot spots on your dog.

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