Osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, is common in larger dogs. And, while that fact isn’t anything new, there is specific new data about the disease.
According to a Nationwide pet insurance release of data of claims, osteosarcoma is more common in dogs 8 to 11 years of age. Osteosarcoma is also most common in large breed dogs, and, sadly, many dogs in that category don’t enjoy lifespans exceeding 11 years anyway.
When it comes to canine osteosarcoma, gender plays little, if any, role.
The Nationwide data shows that the five breeds with the highest risk are:
- Irish wolfhound (7.31 percent prevalence)
- Greyhound (5.56 percent prevalence)
- Akbash dog (4.76 percent prevalence)
- Saint Bernard (4.12 percent prevalence)
- Leonberger (4.04 percent prevalence)
Also of note: The disease appears more often in rural areas, which could be because large breed dogs are more commonly found in the country rather than large cities.