Cancer is the word no one wants to hear in connection with themselves or their loved ones, including their dogs. Yet, statistics show that one in four dogs will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes, and that people and dogs develop cancers at about the same rate. Fortunately, science, technology and human determination are at work, looking for ways to improve the odds in our collective favor. This is the story of one of those breakthroughs.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown multiple curveballs into our daily lives, including making it harder to get timely access to veterinary care. Some of this is driven by the numbers of dogs (and other companion animals) who have been adopted during these unsettling times, and some has to do with veterinary response to public health protocols.

Many clinics have restricted clients (owners) to the waiting room, or have eliminated…

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