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Do Dogs Need Sunscreen?

Just like people, dogs can get skin cancers as the result of prolonged or repeated sun exposure

As with many questions though, the answer to "whether or not" to apply sunscreen on your dog may not be so straightforward. Whether or not your dog needs sunscreen can be influenced by many different factors. 


  • How much time your dog spends outside, and during what part of the day?
  • Where do you live? (factors: altitude; hours of daylight; etc.)
  • What color is your dog’s coat?
  • How thick and full is their coat?

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Topics: Dog Health, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Cancer in Dogs, Sunscreen, Dog-friendly products

My Dog Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer, What Now?

You’ve just been informed that your beloved dog has cancer. Those words can hit you like a ton of bricks and your mind may start racing with thoughts about what it really means. It’s normal to feel a sense of loss. You may start thinking about what life will be like when he or she is gone. You may start reminiscing about times spent together in the past.

While it’s important to acknowledge these feelings and come to terms with the diagnosis, it’s also important to remember your dog is not gone yet and now is the time that they need you most.  You must become their advocate and put your energy into helping them, rather than dwelling on their impending loss.

There are many things to think about when facing major medical decisions for your dog.  Rule number one though: don’t panic. Great, now that you’re not panicking, take these important steps below.

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Topics: Dog Health, Dog Cancer, Cancer in Dogs, Dog Cancer Survival Guide, My Dog has Cancer, Dog with Cancer, Canine Cancer

Pet Cancer Specialists – What is a Veterinary Oncologist and How to Find One For Your Dog

A veterinary oncologist is a veterinarian that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets.

They have specific additional knowledge, expertise, and equipment that can all help to maximize not just the length of your pet’s life, but the quality of it too. And their expertise and insight can also help to put your mind at ease as you are facing the difficult decisions that may come with a cancer diagnosis.
A veterinary oncologist has undergone an additional 3-4 years of residency training in cancer medicine after attaining their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

In addition to their veterinary degree and residency training, to achieve their specialist certification in oncology, a board-certified veterinary oncologist also has to have demonstrated their knowledge and qualification in the field of cancer medicine by:

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Topics: Chemo for Dogs, Oncology, Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma, Cancer in Dogs, Pet Cancer, Dogs, General Topics

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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