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Cancer

Cancer in dogs and cats is very common which is not surprising.  When you consider that our furry friends are living longer than ever because of vaccination, parasite control, and superior medical care – it stands to reason that something has to eventually occur to take their lives.  Cancer is often that thing.  Technically, cancer is a malignant tumor or growth of cells that the body doesn’t recognize as a problem.  As a tumor grows it causes death by damaging other organs, outgrowing its blood supply and becoming infected, or producing chemicals that cause a myriad of problems.  Fortunately, when you are bringing in your faithful companions for their yearly exams, our doctors always look (and feel) very closely for any potential tumor.  If we find a suspicious lump we will often get a needle sample and look under the microscope to determine what type of tumor or cancer we are dealing with.  Occasionally, it will take an actual biopsy to get an accurate diagnosis.  Once we know what we are dealing with we will make a recommendation as to the most appropriate therapy.  That therapy may include:

  1. No treatment – if we determine the growth is a benign (non-cancerous growth that will not spread), the best treatment may be nothing – especially if it is slow growing and your pet is a poor anesthetic risk.
  2. Surgery – we often surgically remove many tumors which if caught early (even those malignant ones) will result in a complete and permanent cure.  We will go over the long term prognosis you can expect before we surgically treat any tumors on your pet.
  3. Chemotherapy – in some cases we treat various cancers with chemotherapy or a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.  Chemo is much better tolerated in our furry friends that we humans tolerate the process, and we have had many tremendous results over the years.  Chemo coupled with surgery can be curative but at least it often will result in a much longer and better quality of life than you could have otherwise in your pet.

Just like your doctor tells you, it is important for you to let us examine your pet any time you see or feel a new “lump.”  This is especially true in certain breeds such as Boxers that are “cancer factories.”  When we find a tumor on your pet we will be sure and go over how we need to determine an accurate diagnosis and all of the options for treatment so you can make the best choice in your pet’s care.

Beth is doing blood work to make sure that "Smokey's" blood counts are OK to receive his chemotherapy.
Dr. Laura and Beth giving an IV chemotherapy drug for lymphosarcoma (lymph node cancer). When we treat this disease 85% of the patients will live a normal happy live for 12 - 14 months on average before succumbing to the disease.
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