At CARE, we offer advanced medicine, compassionate care, expert advice, and well-being for pets with cancer.
Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically requires the aid of an oncologist to diagnose and treat the disease. CARE’s veterinary oncologists determine the appropriate course of treatment, and we do so in consultation with your referring veterinarian, who understands that this partnership will provide your pet the highest standard of care.
At CARE, we also understand that a cancer diagnosis for your pet is devastating. Our primary goal is to maintain the best quality of life for your pet. As pet owners ourselves, we understand that each pet and his or her family’s needs are unique, which is why we approach each case individually. After a thorough examination, review of diagnostic tests and consultation with the family, we develop a customized approach to care that may include the following treatment options alone or in combination:
- Radiation therapy
- New, investigational therapies
- Nutrition or holistic consultations
- Palliative or supportive care
Chemotherapy is frequently used to control certain types of cancer in pets and may be employed alone or in addition to other treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. At CARE, we realize that the diagnosis of cancer is stressful and potentially overwhelming for pet owners, and the prospect of chemotherapy treatment can be difficult as well. Because people are concerned about the possible side effects of chemotherapy, we discuss and explain the recommended chemotherapy treatment plan in depth with you so that you are educated and, more importantly, comfortable with your pet’s treatment plan.
In general, chemotherapy is very well tolerated in dogs and cats and has minimal side effects. Veterinary oncologists use low doses of drugs, do not combine as many drugs as in human protocols, and often administer drugs at less frequent intervals. The goal of chemotherapy is to control or eliminate the cancer while providing the highest quality of life for your pet. Our oncologists will always work with you, your veterinarian and other specialists to determine the best course of treatment for your beloved pet.