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An estimated 6 million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs.

There are 1 out of every 4 dogs getting cancer, and with 87.9 million dogs in the US. 43 Million households in the US have a dog. Rates of cancer in dogs are epidemic. An estimated 6 million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer this year. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs.

According to the American Pet Products Associationspending on cancer is one of the reasons Americans spent $17.07 billion in vet care in 2017, more than double the $7.1 billion in 2001.

Actual Sales within the U.S. Market in 2017

In 2017, $69.51 billion was spent onpets in the U.S. 

Food                                                                $29.07 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine                             $15.11 billion
Vet Care                                                         $17.07 billion
Live animal purchases                                $2.1 billion
Pet Services: grooming & boarding         $6.16 billion  

Estimated 2018 Sales within the U.S. Market

During 2018, it was estimated that $72.13 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S.

Estimated Breakdown:                                           
Food                                                              $29.88 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine                           $15.51 billion
Vet Care                                                       $18.26 billion
Live animal purchases                              $2.01 billion
Other Services                                            $6.47 billion


And although there is pet health insurance, research shows that most pet owners, do not have it and tend to pay out of pocket for the treatment costs. Desperate to save their dogs, most dog owners will travel anywhere and spend what is needed to save their dog. That is not where the ordeal ends.  Many dog owners are left in debt and still lose their dog within weeks or months. Others are unable to treat their dog, a treasured member of their family. Either way canine cancer for any dog and the dog’s family is heart wrenching.

*According to Dr. David Vail, a veterinary oncologist who’s also a professor at the University of Wisconsin, an initial cancer diagnosis can cost between $1,000 and $2,000. A standard course of chemotherapy costs between $3,000 and $5,000, and radiation treatments used for brain and nasal tumors run between $6,000 and $10,000. Costs vary by region and the type of cancer, among other factors.

More than 70 owners of dogs stricken with lymphoma spent between $16,000 and $25,000 at North Carolina State University on bone marrow transplants.  “They paid out-of-pocket,” said Dr. Steve Suter, the veterinary oncologist who did the procedures and noted that the cure rate was about 33 percent. “They just came up with the money. They used their savings, refinanced their houses.”

From 2015 CBS article: