The Right Pet Cancer Care from Crestwood Animal Hospital
Everyone knows how serious a diagnosis of cancer can be. At Crestwood Animal Hospital, we believe quality of life for animals is the key and can be extended with proper treatment. It is always dependent on the particular animal and the type of cancer, but a diagnosis of cancer shouldn’t mean “giving up.” We offer chemotherapy treatments for certain types of cancer and have found that animals seem to handle this treatment better than people. Chemotherapy in animals may sound intimidating, but the side effects are much less severe than in humans. Nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and hair loss do happen—but with less severity. Each type of cancer has a different chemotherapy protocol, which can range from pills given daily to a daylong stay at our hospital every few weeks for intravenous medications. Of course, in addition to chemotherapy, surgery is an option for some cancers.
Understanding and Watching for Signs of Cancer
Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Typically, these cells may form masses (tumors) that can block normal bodily function. Unfortunately, cancer is the leading killer in dogs and cats over 10 years of age in the United States. Some breeds of dogs and cats are particularly prone to specific types of cancer. In general, as a pet owner, you should become informed about cancer and be aware of your pet’s well being. Have your veterinarian examine your pet annually to check for any growths, swelling, or other suspicious abnormalities.