Chemotherapy Services

A procedure used in cancer patients to improve their quality of life.

Unfortunately, animals are also susceptible to cancer. They can develop cancer (abnormal cell growth) in the blood, bone, skin, and liver. Spaying and neutering pets at an early age can prevent some forms of cancer. Recent advancements in cancer treatment can extend the lives of some pets dramatically, and it may involve a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. An accurate diagnosis is necessary before we may begin any form of treatment.

How do I know if my pet has cancer?

The most accurate diagnosis will come from a veterinarian. Although there may be some warning signs, it's best that your pet has annual or bi-annual checkups so our team can detect the disease before it progresses too much. Early detection means your pet has a better chance of survival and recovery. If you notice any of the following symptoms, then please give us a call to discuss:

  • Bumps underneath their skin
  • Wounds that won't heal
  • Swollen stomach
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Foul-smelling discharge from their eyes, mouth, and ears

If your pet has these symptoms, our veterinarians will perform a complete wellness check beginning with bloodwork and urinalysis. Imaging diagnostics like ultrasounds or CT scans are necessary to identify the size or position of the tumour. Lastly, a tissue sample (biopsy) is required for examination under a microscope. The veterinarian will then determine the best treatment plan for your pet which may include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to slow down or kill the growth of cancer cells. The medication can be taken in pill form or injected through an IV. This treatment can be either used before and after surgery or alone as a treatment itself. During chemotherapy, most pets respond well and show no side effects. Around 20% of pets may experience vomiting, fatigue, and loss of appetite a few hours or days after chemotherapy. To discuss chemotherapy for your pet, give us a call at 905-844-3331.

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