The Kennel Club will be hosting a series of free webinars for owners and breeders who would like to find out more about the complexities of canine cancer, and the impact of future research into the disease.
The first of this series, organised by The Kennel Club’s health team and taking place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 22 June from 7:00-8:30pm, will focus on osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer that is unfortunately common in larger dogs, and has been is identified as a priority condition through The Kennel Club’s Breed Health and Conservation Plan project.
The webinar will include a presentation from specialist Professor Mark Dunning, who has led various osteosarcoma research projects at the University of Nottingham. Professor Dunning will discuss disease progression, possible treatment options, what research has told us to date, and how owners can best support their dogs affected with the condition. This will be followed by a question and answer session, giving attendees a chance to put forward their queries and experiences for discussion (questions can also be pre-submitted at the time of registration).
Those interested in attending the webinar can register HERE.
Cancer is sadly a common disease of all dogs; statistics suggest around 1 in 3 dogs develop cancer in their lifetime. Like in humans, there are many different types of cancer resulting in a huge variation in clinical signs observed. Causes of cancer are also largely unknown making prevention extremely difficult, but if owners are aware of possible signs of disease, this can help early detection and with ensuring appropriate care for recovery.
So far this year, The Kennel Club’s health-focused webinar series have explored conditions such as canine epilepsy and colour dilution alopecia, as well as the science of DNA testing for health, with experts, researchers, owners and breeders. The webinars aim to raise awareness of various canine health concerns, explore research and future studies, improve diagnosis and outlook, and support dogs affected with the condition, and their owners. Past webinars can be watched on YouTube here.
More information about canine cancer can be found at thekennelclub.org.uk/cancer/