The veterinarians at Apple Valley Animal Hospital consider many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet’s particular case and work with you to determine the best course of action available. The standard treatment for almost all pet cancers is surgical removal of the tumor. Benign cancers in an accessible, well-defined area are almost always permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Once surgically removed, growths may never return.
Chemotherapy for pets has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their lifespans. Protocols are developed to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea and lowered resistance to infection. These effects can be moderated or eliminated by use of appropriate medications and adjustment of the chemotherapy protocol. We consider your pet’s case individually and determine what treatment program is best. Often this is referred to a Board Certified Oncologist.
Radiation treatment is the use of high-energy radiation that injures the DNA of cancer cells. Unfortunately, normal healthy cells can also be damaged or destroyed by the radiation, particularly cells that make up your pet’s intestinal lining, bone marrow and immune system. This type of treatment is only available at veterinary specialty centers.
Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all of the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and improved outcomes.