A British veterinarian has revealed five dog breeds at particular risk of developing cancer in a virally viewed video on TikTok – including Boxers and Golden Retrievers.
Move to the platformthe creator known as @ben.the.vet, He said Some breeds are more prone to cancer than others.
He explained, “We know that some dog breeds get cancer a lot more often than others, and that unfortunately has a lot to do with genetics.”
Ben also noted that the strains he was planning to include are not “necessarily in ascending order”.
He added that “there have been a lot of studies over the years in different countries, and each of them has a slightly different top five.”
A British veterinarian known as Ben the Vet (pictured) on TikTok revealed five dog breeds at particular risk of developing cancer in a wildly watched video
However, he continued, the strains he was listing “always tend to appear very high on the list.”
In the clip, he says, “Boxer number five, and with them, there’s a very large group of crabs that are vulnerable.”
These include brain tumors, fibroid tumors, and lymphomas.
Another, he says, is “a type of skin tumor called mastocytoma that the risk of developing is 10 times higher than in crossbred dogs.”
Turning to number four, he continues:[This one] It makes me really sad because I love my golden retriever, but they get cancer a lot.
One in five will develop an aggressive type of cancer called angiosarcoma, which grows on the wall of blood vessels, most commonly in the spleen.
Unfortunately, these tumors can burst and cause massive internal bleeding. This is often the first sign of a lump there.
The third dog that Ben includes in the video is the Rottweiler. ‘One study in the UK found that 45 per cent of them die of cancer,’ he explains.
Golden Retrievers are among the dog breeds most susceptible to cancer, including veterinarian Ben, who based his video on the results of countless studies
According to Cancer Research in Humans, that statistic is about 24 percent. Studies have found a similar percentage in purebred dogs in general, which is really high.
Ben notes that Rottweilers are “particularly prone to a type of bone tumor called osteosarcoma, which most commonly affects large and giant breed dogs.”
He went on to say: “Number two is the Bernese Mountain Dog which is a shame because they are such wonderful dogs, but again, they are very susceptible to cancer.
Some studies have found that they die more from cancer than from all other causes of death combined.
While Flat Coated Retrievers (pictured) are wonderful pets, according to Ben, he says people should consider their health issues before taking one
The type of cancer they are particularly susceptible to is called histiocytic sarcoma, and it is so rare in humans that Bernese Mountain Dogs have been used as a genetic model to better understand the disease than in humans.
The last dog in the video is a Flat Coated Retriever.
Describing the breed, Ben says: ‘I think they are wonderful family dogs and I love Flat Coated Retrievers, but I couldn’t handle the heartache of losing them predictably.
Because again, half of them die of cancer and they are susceptible to the same unusual type of cancer that Bernese Mountain Dogs also get.
Rottweilers (pictured) are another dog breed prone to cancer, particularly a type of bone tumor called osteosarcoma
Going on to describe the case, he says, “It is a strange type of cancer because it can grow from the spleen, but also from the connective tissue and muscles of the extremities.”
Concluding the clip, Ben suggests that viewers take this kind of health information into account when deciding which dog to get.
He says: ‘[If] One of these strains is on your list, just think carefully before making that decision, because testing for these types of crabs can’t help.
And if you already have one of these dog breeds, be especially vigilant when they reach middle age.
Anything not right, just call your vet. It is always better to catch cancer early, as it is in humans.