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Old April 4th, 2013, 08:20 PM
bonasforza bonasforza is offline
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Question Cancer transmission through licking?

My neighbour put down a dog who had recurring cancer. The cancer lumps were on his back, just dripping with discharge and pus. I know cancer is not contagious, but would my dog get any chance of getting sick by visiting? She always tends to sniff out all corners and lick floors, etc.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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That sounds like a terrible way to lose a pet, please extend my sympathies to your friend

As to whether your dog can get sick from anything in her house, I won't say no. Your dog can get sick going for a walk around the block, there are microbes everywhere just looking to set up shop However, I wouldn't be terribly concerned if it were my dog going in.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 10:31 AM
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Cancer is not contagious. If the dog is in good health aside from the cancer, then the risk imo, is identical to your dog entering a room with any other strange dog.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 01:57 PM
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If those sores had bacteria in them, perhaps by directly licking them there might be an issue, particularly if your dog was compromised in some way. But being over there now, I wouldn't worry.

I understand the worry though. My boy had persistent infections of unknown origins, and I worried about bringing a new pup in, but we do our best by keeping our dogs healthy, with an immune system that hopefully will be resistant to infection.
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