What are the chances of a 2 year old female dog getting cancer?
Both before and after spaying?
Answer by Earth to Emily
It depends on many, many things!
Cancers in animals younger than about 7 are rare compared to cancer occuring in animals that are getting to be older (in the animal medical field, 7 and older is generally considered to be “senior”).
What kind of dog is she? Certain breeds are more prone to cancer and other diseases then otheres! For example, Boxers have the highest cancer rate of any other breed–there have been studies that suggest that one in three boxers will develop cancer at some point in their life. If you know what breed she is, you can research what kind of health problems can typically occur in that breed.
Also, just like in people, cancer can be genetic in dogs. If she did come from a breeder, you can ask the breeder if there has been instances of cancer in her parents, grandparents, etc. If there has been cancer in her bloodline, she does have an elevated risk of getting it.
Spaying is a great way to reduce the risk of her getting mammary and/or uterine cancers! Both cancers are fairly common in older, unspayed female dogs. Not to mention, she won’t be able to have puppies, and won’t go into heat anymore!
I hope this answered your questions!