Comparative Oncology: Why dogs?

The answer to cancer may be walking right beside us.

Studies of companion dogs, in particular, provide valuable information in our quest for understanding. Now more than ever, thanks to loving owners who seek specialized veterinary care when their pet is diagnosed with cancer, we have incredible opportunities to learn. Through companion animal clinical trials, we’re finding better and less costly treatments, improved diagnostic tools, and even preventative interventions, which can benefit all cancer patients.

Studying canine cancer helps us learn more about human cancer.

  • Cancers in dogs develop naturally, just like in people
  • Dogs live in the same environment, breathe the same air, and drink the same water
  • People and dogs have similar immune systems
  • Dogs share 85% of our genetic make-up

Cancers in dogs and people share many features.

  • Appearance under a microscope
  • Tumor growth and spread
  • Response to conventional treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation) and novel therapies

Canine trials decrease the time & cost of drug development.

  • Clinical trials in dogs offer a more flexible design
  • Duration of a canine study is 1-3 years vs. 5-10 years in people

One Cure for Pets and People

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