Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin and is the most common form of cancer in dogs. It can occur in any dog, but it’s most commonly seen in black dogs, especially those with light-colored fur.

The risk factors for melanoma are similar to those for humans—sun exposure and tanning beds, as well as genetics. The most common cause for melanoma in dogs is an increased sensitivity to UV radiation from sunlight or artificial sources (such as tanning beds).

Melanoma can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. If your dog has melanoma and it’s not spreading around their body, your veterinarian may recommend surgery to remove the tumor. If your dog’s tumor has spread to other parts of their body, chemotherapy or radiation may be recommended instead of surgery.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.