At our animal hospital when a cancer diagnosis is reached, our doctors will discuss several treatment options with the client. They may recommend one treatment or a combination of treatments depending on the location and type of cancer as well as the advancement of the disease. To help control the cancer in a pet the doctor might recommend surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or send the client to a specialist for further evaluation depending on the situation.
Surgery is the most commonly used techniques to treat cancer in companion animals. The first surgical procedure is the best chance for the doctor to attain complete surgical removal of cancer. Our skilled doctors are available to provide comprehensive surgical techniques for the removal of cancerous, tumors, organs and tissues.
Chemotherapy is often used when cancer has spread to other body parts or when surgery or radiation therapy alone is not effective enough. Our chemotherapy treatments are done in our Special Procedures room which provides a quiet environment for the doctors and technicians to provide treatment to the pet. This room also holds our fume hood designed by Kewaunee Scientific Corporation. The fume hood allows us to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapor or dusts when preparing the chemotherapy drugs.
Radiation therapy is used to kill tumor cells through the use of an external beam also known as teletherapy. If radiation therapy should be selected as the treatment for a pet our doctors will refer the client to a specialist for assistance with this treatment option.
We understand that hearing the diagnosis of cancer can leave a client feeling overwhelmed and upset. Our skilled doctors and technicians are here to help guide the client through the process and to provide the best treatment for the quality of life of their pet.