Cancer is the leading natural cause of death in older cats and dogs. However, it is also one of the most treatable compared with diseases like heart failure or kidney failure. Similar to human medicine, there have been incredible advances in the treatment of cancer that can provide our patients with a high quality of life for years to come. It is important to remember that age is not a disease. Animals that we may consider “old” can tolerate therapy just as well as young animals and may benefit from therapy that is tailored to their “biologic age” (how they are doing physiologically rather than relying on their numeric age).
Cancer is not a death sentence.
The recent advances in the detection and treatment of cancer for both pets and humans have been significant. Using the latest treatments and newest technologies available, we can enhance the quality and duration of our patients’ life. We work to provide your clients with the information they need to make decisions about their pet’s care and treatment. Our primary goal in treating cancer is to improve the quality of life for our pets. No matter the diagnosis, there are always a variety of treatment options available that can be tailored to address the expectations and limitations of all pet parents. We work closely with our referring veterinarians to ensure the most positive experiences and best outcomes for our clients and patients.
HOW DO PETS TOLERATE CHEMOTHERAPY?
Chemotherapy is well tolerated by most pets, with less than 15% of patients having some form of side effects. Most side effects are mild and self-limiting, such as nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, or decrease in appetite. Most side effects can be easily managed at home with oral medications most of the time. When unacceptable side effects occur, we modify our treatment plan. Our goal is to improve quality of life as well as quantity. More common diseases we treat are:
• Soft Tissue Sarcoma
• Transitional Cell Carcinoma
• Mast Cell Tumor
• Anal Sac Carcinoma
• Squamous Cell Carcinoma
• Mammary Gland Carcinoma
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