Posts Tagged: Pet Oncology
Here at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, there is nothing that we would be more thrilled about than a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, just as in the human population, cancer in our pet patients continues to be one of the most frequent diagnoses that we deliver.
Our expert team at OVRS has been helping pets diagnosed with cancer for a long time, but, as you may know, we are always striving to be better. That is why we have expanded our hospital, adding on a new oncology wing, dedicated to helping our pet patients with cancer.
Although cancer is not a word that any pet owner wants to hear, the fact remains that some of our pets will wind up with this diagnosis. Cancer is a reality for roughly 12 million dogs and cats in the United States, and is the leading cause of death in pets over 10 years of age.
While cancer in pets is a scary thought, the prognosis is good for many dogs and cats. More and more pets are receiving treatment, thanks to continuing advances in veterinary medicine. At Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, we are proud to offer a state-of-the-art veterinary oncology department, including diagnostics, treatment services, pet oncologic surgery, and other services designed to meet the varied needs of our precious patients.
More pet owners want the best for their pet so they are choosing advanced options for their care. One example is in the treatment of animals diagnosed with cancer–a scary concept when you’re a pet owner.
You want your fur friend to feel better and be with you as long as possible, but you don’t want to make a decision that causes your pet pain and suffering. Oakland Veterinary Referral Services wants to help you make the right decision by better understanding how chemotherapy for pets can affect your furry family member.
Human Chemotherapy vs Treating Pets
One of the primary anti-cancer therapies is chemotherapy for pets, which can be a very effective option for cancer treatment. Most people know someone who has undergone chemotherapy and you know the human side effects all too well: nausea, weight loss, fatigue, and hair loss.
Thankfully, chemotherapy in pets is very different!
Cancer comes in all shapes and forms in pets and people alike. While we use the term to describe any condition that results in an unchecked growth of cells within the body, different types of cancer can behave very differently.
Lymphoma in pets is a common diagnosis here in our oncology department, and a condition that we want all pet owners to know about.
One of the most common forms of cancer seen in both dogs and cats, lymphoma results from a cancerous mutation in one of the cells in the bloodstream, the lymphocyte. Lymphoma can begin in several areas of the body responsible for lymphocyte production, including the:
Cancer is a formidable foe, and science is still in its infancy when it comes to mounting a battle against it. Thankfully, we have more options than ever before to treat cancer in our veterinary patients, and have a great deal of success. Our failures are still too high for our liking, however, and we are always looking for new ways to combat this common disease.
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is excited to be offering a newer treatment technology for our patients with cancer. Electrochemotherapy in pets is an exciting option that we hope will allow us to win a few more of our battles.
The Ins and Outs of Electrochemotherapy for Pets
Every cancer is different, and there is no one-sized fits all treatment plan for every pet and every cancer. The more tools we have at our disposal, however, the better our odds of beating cancer. Continue…