EPISODE 143 | RELEASED November 29, 2021

Bladder Cancer in Dogs: Is It a Death Sentence? | Dr. Nancy Reese, DVM, PhD Deep Dive

Caller Denise asks if transitional cell carcinoma is really a death sentence and what she can expect after her dog Sadie’s diagnosis.


Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is the most common bladder cancer in dogs. While there is no cure, Dr. Nancy Reese does consider this cancer to be treatable and you can dramatically improve your dog’s comfort and quality of life with medications.

TCC can also be diagnosed with a special urine test, which is much easier to do and less stressful for your dog than a surgical biopsy (not to mention less expensive!).

As the cancer progresses, it can become uncomfortable and may even obstruct the bladder and prevent the dog from urinating. About 50% of cases will eventually spread to other parts of the body as well. But treatment will usually keep your dog comfortable for 6 months to a year.

Listen in to learn where this cancer can occur, how it is diagnosed, and options for treatment.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

CADET® BRAF and CADET® BRAF-PLUS Urine Tests for Bladder Cancer

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