The thought of one of our pets being diagnosed with cancer is frightening. Fortunately, veterinary medicine has advanced significantly in the level of care available for animals with cancer. All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center offers the latest in cancer detection and chemotherapy treatment for the pets in the Asheville, North Carolina area.
What is cancer?
Most everyone understands that cancer occurs in humans, but did you know that this disease also frequently occurs in our animal pets? Cancer occurs when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably, which can often damage or destroy healthy body tissue without treatment.
How do the doctors at All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center treat cancer in pets?
Tumors that are confined to localized areas are often removed through surgery, and biopsies are sent out to a laboratory to determine whether cancer is present. If an animal has cancer that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation, the caring doctors at All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center will administer chemotherapy to reduce the symptoms associated with the disease, and often increase the life expectancy of the pet. Chemotherapy works by impeding the ability of the cancer cells to divide and grow.
How are chemotherapy drugs administered?
Chemotherapy medication can be given by intravenous (IV) injection, as well as orally. How the drug is given will depend on the type of cancer present in the pet and the type of chemotherapy needed for the disease.
What side effects can I expect with chemotherapy treatment for my pet?
Chemotherapy is mainly well-tolerated in pets, and many will not experience issues during treatment. For the animals experiencing side effects associated with chemotherapy treatment, many are similar to those experienced by humans treated with chemotherapy. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetite can occur in animals treated with chemotherapy. Often, these symptoms quickly resolve and do not require additional treatment. Hair loss can also follow a treatment of chemotherapy but is also relatively rare.
Regardless of the type of cancer your pet may have or the medication needed to treat it, our caring veterinarians will keep you informed during each step of the journey. When you consider the experience of the veterinarians, and advanced cancer treatment methodologies available at our hospital, you can rest assured your precious pet will be in good hands at All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.