Chemotherapy is a treatment option for pets who have been diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells or slow their growth, with the goal of prolonging a pet’s life and improving its quality of life.
Before starting chemotherapy, our veterinarians will perform a complete physical exam and may recommend diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your pet’s cancer. They will then create an individualized treatment plan that takes into account the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, and your pet’s overall health. Chemotherapy treatments may be given orally or intravenously depending on the type of cancer and the drugs used.
While chemotherapy can have side effects in pets, they are generally well-tolerated, and our team will closely monitor your pet’s health during treatment. Some common side effects of chemotherapy in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Our veterinarians may prescribe medication to manage these side effects and improve your pet’s comfort during treatment.
If you suspect that your pet may have cancer or have already received a diagnosis, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital.