Cat & Dog Cancer Treatment
Getting a cancer diagnosis is the last thing anyone would want for their pet. At Central Florida Vets, we know how big of an impact this can have on you and the rest of your family. That’s why our veterinarians are available to support you and your pet with cat and dog cancer treatment services that include:
- Cancer care
- Supplementary alternative medicine
- Dietary counseling
- And more
Signs of Cancer in Dogs and Cats
It isn’t always easy to tell if your pet has cancer, especially when the clinical signs can point to a variety of possible conditions. Regardless, if you notice any of these abnormalities in your pet, don’t hesitate to bring them to our attention.
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Not interested in exercise or playtime
- Ongoing lameness and/or stiffness
- Unusual swellings that keep growing
- Sores that won’t heal
- Trouble eating/swallowing
Can Chemotherapy Make My Pet Sick?
Chemotherapy for dogs and cats does not cause the harmful effects that humans typically experience when receiving chemotherapy treatment. While there are side effects, pets generally tolerate them quite well and return to feeling normal within 24-48 hours.
Common Chemotherapy Side Effects in Dogs and Cats
- Decreased appetite
- Decrease in white blood cells
- Hair loss and slow hair regrowth (more common in Poodles, Shih Tzus, Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Lhasa Apso)
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy can be used to treat certain types of cancer in dogs and cats. First, we need to send a sample of the carcinoma (rapidly growing cancer cells) to Medivet Biological, where a vaccine is developed from the tumor sample. This vaccine is then injected into the patient once a month for several months with the hopes of encouraging their immune system to recognize and fight off the invasive cancer cells on its own.