A diagnosis of cancer in your dog or cat can be frightening and quite emotional. The professional team at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital supports every pet owner with such a diagnosis. Our open dialogue policy offers detailed information about your pet’s specific condition, answer every question with respect and understanding, and work with you to determine the appropriate course of action for your pet.
Cancer can be a frightening disease, but in many cases, it is very treatable. The initial diagnosis will help your veterinarian identify the type of cancer it is and how it might impact your pet. We will assist you in obtaining the most up-to-date information about the disease and offer resources to assist you in learning about the prognosis and recommended treatments for your pet’s condition.
There are three common types of treatments for cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Surgical removal of a tumor is an option when cancer can be removed without significant harm to your pet. Chemotherapy is often used in pets, as they respond quite well to the treatment without the typical side effects that humans experience. Radiation is a procedure used to shrink a tumor, stop its growth, or kill any remaining cells after surgery to remove the cancer. Depending upon the type of cancer, stage of diagnosis, and the wishes of your family, treatment will be tailored to your unique pet and may be used in combination with other therapies. Our greatest concern is that treatment is appropriate and bearable for your pet and your family.
Our goal at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, as we discuss treatment for cancer, is to:
- Cure the cancer, if possible
- Extend the life of your pet without sacrificing quality, if a cure is not possible
- Work with you to tailor a treatment plan that fits you and your pet’s needs
Your best defense against the most difficult and invasive treatment is to schedule regular wellness visits with your pet and report any changes in appearance or behavior to your veterinarian at once.
For questions concerning cancer in pets, contact us at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital.