The side effects of chemotherapy in our pets is relatively mild compared to humans, making cancer in dogs and other companion animals more comfortable to treat than with humans. The doses of the drugs, along with a treatment schedule developed specifically for your pet, also helps minimize discomfort your pet will experience.
Chemotherapy is being used more and more in veterinary medicine in the fight against cancer in dogs, cats, and other companion animals. There have been many advances in medications to help prevent side-effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer that has spread through the body and/or at the site of the tumor(s). Along with administering treatment directly at the cancer that is present, chemotherapy is necessary to prevent the cancer cells from reproducing or maturing.
The side effects of chemotherapy in our pets is relatively mild compared to humans. The doses of the drugs, along with a treatment schedule developed specific for your pet, also helps minimize discomfort your pet will experience. With the use of much lower doses than used in humans and often for a longer period of time, the plan will be developed to provide the most effective defense against the cancer with the goal to kill and slow the growth of cancer cells, while producing minimal negative effects on normal cells.
If your pet requires a plan of chemotherapy, your veterinarian will discuss treatment options and keep you apprised along the way.
As with all our patients, we will strive to help maintain the highest quality of life before, during and after treatment.