At All Creatures Animal Care Center we understand that cancer is a scary diagnosis that no pet owner wants to hear. Cancer has, however, become almost commonplace in today’s society, affecting humans as well as our canine and feline companions. Fortunately, the treatment of cancer in veterinary medicine has been greatly improved in recent years, and safe effective medications have been developed giving your pet the greatest opportunity for recovery.
Chemotherapy, for example, is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in the body. This course of treatment is used most often since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than most cells in the body. Many different chemotherapy drugs are available, and they can be used alone or in combination with other methods to treat a wide variety of cancers.
Though chemotherapy is an effective way to treat many types of cancer, chemotherapy treatment also carries a risk of side effects. Some chemotherapy side effects are mild and treatable, while others can cause serious complications.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, our experienced veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s condition to determine the best treatment for a positive outcome. If our evaluation indicates that surgery or chemotherapy would extend your pet’s life and help provide a good quality of life, we are equipped and qualified to offer those services.
Cancer is not always a terminal disease. As with any disease state, early detection and treatment is important in achieving the best outcome. Yearly wellness exams and blood work can often help uncover certain types of cancer before treatment becomes extensive.