We understand how devastating it can be to discover that your furry companion has cancer. However, chemotherapy can be a beneficial treatment option that can improve your pet's quality of life and extend their lifespan. While it may not be a cure for cancer in pets, it can certainly help. If you want to learn more about chemotherapy for pets, feel free to contact us at 250-727-2125.
When is chemotherapy used?
Chemotherapy is typically used as a treatment when the cancer has spread or when the tumor has a high risk of spreading from the primary location. Chemotherapy can help control any remaining cancer cells and provide long-term control of the disease. While chemotherapy may be the main treatment for some cancers, it is usually combined with other treatments. Sometimes, it is even given before surgery to shrink the tumor and make it easier to remove.
How do I know if my pet has cancer?
To get the most accurate diagnosis of a potential disease, it's best to consult with a veterinarian. It is recommended to schedule annual or bi-annual checkups for your pet to identify any disease early on. Early detection can lead to a better chance of survival and recovery, as we can then get your pet started with treatments as early as possible. If your pet is showing signs such as bumps, wounds, swollen stomach, rapid weight loss, or foul-smelling discharge from eyes, mouth, and ears, it's best to contact a veterinarian.
In such cases, veterinarians will perform a complete wellness check starting with bloodwork and urinalysis. Further imaging diagnostics such as ultrasounds or CT scans are necessary to identify the size and position of the tumor. Finally, a tissue sample (biopsy) is required for examination under a microscope. After the examination, the veterinarian will determine the best course of action for treatment, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
Is it worth putting my pet through chemotherapy?
It can be difficult to decide whether or not to put your pet through chemotherapy, which is why our team is here to help. This decision should take into account various factors such as your pet's age, overall health, type and stage of cancer, and potential benefits and side effects of chemotherapy. While chemotherapy can be an effective treatment option that improves your pet's quality of life, it's important to understand that it won't cure cancer and may have risks and side effects. To make an informed decision, it's best to consult with your veterinarian who can provide you with all the information you need.