Like humans, dogs and cats can be diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, some forms of cancer are curable. Our veterinary team is here to support you and your furry friend through their treatments. Cancer treatments for pets are less harsh than those for humans. However, this still means giving extra attention and affection to your furry friend to support them through this time.
How does chemotherapy work?
Chemotherapy is given through an injection via their vein, muscle or a slow drip IV. The process only takes a few minutes. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells, which allows your furry friend to maintain a healthy quality of life. Treatments can be combined with surgery to ensure your pet has a stronger chance of recovering from their cancer. During your pet’s treatments, you want to ensure they are getting enough rest and all their needs are being met. This means giving them lots of love and care, like keeping their favourite toys close as well as other objects that give them comfort.
What can I expect while my pet is undergoing treatment?
Pets undergo less extensive treatments than humans, which means the process takes less of a toll on them. However, there are a few side effects your pet could experience, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Greater risk of infection
Is cancer preventable?
Spaying or neutering your pet can prevent some types of cancers but most aren’t preventable. Early detection is the best way to give your pet the upper hand against this disease. Ensuring your pet has regular visits with us allows us to detect any sudden changes or address any suspicions you have. Contact us right away at 705-522-4555 if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behaviour including lumps, bumps, unhealed sores, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in their eating habits.