I never really thought about it till it was to late. We found out two weeks ago that our twelve year old Alaskan Malamute Makayla had breast cancer. You read it right, breast cancer.She has always been a very healthy active dog. I just got done brushing out her winter coat. It took a very long time this year. I think that they keep some for insulation from the heat, any way, She went in for her rabies vaccine two weeks ago and our vet found a lump. She told us what it probably was and what we should do, but it was already to late. I thought we had a little time to watch and research it and treat her for a few more years before it got real bad, but it is merciless and voracious. In two weeks time more lumps by Friday night one lump had burst, a very ugly sight. Well no Vets open so we called an emergency line and were counseled on what to do which wasn't much so Makayla took care of her self till Tuesday morning. It had advanced so far we knew what we had to do. The vet said she could give her some antibiotics and pain meds that would help her for a couple of months. No. She was not in a lot of pain yesterday, or at least she didn't show us and Tammy and I weren't going to wait till she was. Tammy held her head in her lap to be with her, but I couldn't stay in the room. I Went out to the hall and have been weeping ever since. If you are a dog owner do some research on cancer, it will open up your eyes. Female dogs are the most susceptible especially if they haven't been spayed. Makayla lived a long and good life, but how much did I take away from her by not looking after her as well as she looked after me and Tammy? Don't have any regrets or shed mournful tears like me. Get your pet to a Vet at least once a year and give them the benefit of good health and a long life that they deserve.