Although most pets can get cancer, it most commonly affects dogs who get cancer at approximately the same rate as humans. We understand how scary a cancer diagnosis is, as we are pet parents ourselves. Fortunately, with advances in veterinary medicine, many patients can overcome their diagnosis and continue to live comfortable lives despite their illness. Our team will be with you every step of the way as you and your loved ones go through your pet’s chemotherapy. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 902.543.5602 with any of your questions and concerns.
What happens during pet chemotherapy?
Your pet will be examined by their veterinarian and our technicians will perform bloodwork to see if they can take the dosage of medication for that session. These checks are done before each chemotherapy appointment. Then, once the results are complete and the patient is cleared as OK for the treatment, we will proceed by administering the medication via injection or oral tablets. There may be instances where your pet’s white blood cell count is too low, and we may have to reschedule the therapy.
What side effects can pets get during chemotherapy?
Most patients do not experience any side effects and when they do, the symptoms are usually mild and subside after a short period of time. You will be given anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medications to minimize these effects. We can also perform further tests to monitor how your pet is reacting internally to their chemotherapy (e.g. urine sampling, ultrasounds).