Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells on our within the body, and cancer can be benign or malignant. It may be localized or it may invade adjacent tissue and spread throughout the body.
Your family veterinarian may have diagnosed cancer in your pet or may have referred you to our practice for a more definitive diagnosis. Either way, all of us at the Cancer Veterinary Center of Naples (“CancerVets”) are here for both you and your pet. Our goal is to provide quality, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for pets that have been diagnosed with cancer. Together we will fight the cancer battle to improve the quality of life and longevity of your pet.
We are Board Certified Oncologists who have undergone advanced training and completed both an oncology internship and oncology residency. As Board Certified Oncologists, we bring greater knowledge and focus to diagnosing and managing whatever kind of cancer your pet may have.
At CancerVets, we treat dogs and cats and offer a variety of cancer treatment options, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy. We also treat horses.
During your first visit and the initial consultation, Dr. Ratterree or Dr. Kosarek will ask questions in regards to your pet’s medical history, perform a thorough physical examination, advise any additional staging diagnostic tests needed to make treatment recommendations, discuss various treatment protocols for your pet (including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or palliative care), and answer any questions that you may have in regards to your pet’s cancer or prognosis.
How is a Veterinary Specialist Different From a Family Veterinarian?
In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, Board Certified Veterinary Specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 3-5 years training). In addition to this extensive training, a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist must pass rigorous examinations to achieve Board Certification from the ACVIM. Specialists bring a greater understanding in the area of internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, or neurology, and have a greater knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in both large and small animals.
Why does my animal need to see a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
Commonly called Oncologists, these Specialists focus on diagnosing and managing cancer, no matter the location of the tumor.
What should I expect during the visit with the Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
The Oncologist will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests and treatment options will be discussed. Depending on your animal’s condition, diagnostic testing or management may include:
- Advanced laboratory testing of various blood or tissue samples
- Biopsies and tissue analysis
- Diagnostic Imaging (Ultrasound, Radiography, CT scans, and MRIs)
- Radiation Therapy
These are statements put forth by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to further define and explain a board-certified veterinary oncologist. Learn more about the Cancer Veterinary Centers and our veterinary oncology services.
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