Treating Pets with Chemotherapy
Cancer affects many people, and, sadly, it can affect our pets, too. If your veterinarian diagnoses cancer in your pet, we can assure you that we will discuss every viable treatment option with compassion and understanding. Caring for a pet with cancer is a stressful, painful experience, but you don’t have to go through this process alone. At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale, you have our full, unwavering support during this challenging time and we’ll be by your side every step of the way to help.
We’re pleased to be able to offer pet chemotherapy and surgery services to our patients affected by cancer. Our veterinarians and staff are fully committed to each individual case and will be happy to answer your questions and offer you peace of mind whenever possible.
Oncology Services We Offer
Naturally, before turning to pet chemotherapy, we first need to make an accurate diagnosis. We’ll begin with a thorough physical examination, then proceed with:
- Blood work
- Tissue biopsy
- Chemotherapy (as recommended)
- Surgery (as recommended)
Some cancers, such as mammary and testicular cancer, can be prevented in dogs with spaying and neutering. It’s imperative that you bring in your dog at least once a year for their routine exam and blood screening, so we have a better chance of detecting cancer in its earliest stages.
Common Types of Cancer in Pets
Like people, pets can experience various forms of cancer, including:
- Skin cancer
- Oral melanoma
- Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
- Mast cell tumors
- Mammary cancer
- Anal gland adenocarcinoma
- Bladder cancer
How Pet Chemotherapy Works
Compared with people, chemotherapy treatments can yield fewer negative side effects in pets. The earlier the cancer diagnosis, the more effective the chemotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a special combination of cancer-killing drugs into your pet’s body. These combinations can vary, depending on the pet and the type of cancer they have. Your pet’s chemotherapy plan may also change over time, depending on how they respond to treatment.
Chemotherapy alone may prove insufficient in managing or eradicating your pet’s cancer, and surgery could be the next option. We’ll give you all the information you need to make the most responsible decision for your loved one. Improving your pet’s quality of life is our highest priority, and we want you to have more time together. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at (703) 256-8414.