Approximately 85% of bone tumors in dogs are osteosarcomas (cancer bone destruction and distant metastasis) and spread to other organs. Osteosarcoma commonly affects the parts of the skeleton (skull, ribs, vertebrae, and pelviosteo (bone, sarcoma). Osteosarcomas are highly aggressive tumors, characterized by painful local limbs of large or giant breed dogs, but can also occur in other parts of the skeleton.
Bone Cancer in Rottweilers
A study of 683 Rottweilers published in 2002, was established the risk for bone sarcoma was significantly influenced by the age at which the dogs were sterilized.
Both male Rottweilers and female Rottweilers spayed or neutered before one year of age, there was a one in four lifetime risk for bone cancer. This meand 1 Rottweiler out of every 4 got bone cancer.
Another study conducted on 3,062 German Shepherds, a large breed dog, was using the Veterinary Medical Database for the period 1980 through 1994.