Veterinary oncology is the treatment of cancer in our animals. With new advances in veterinary medicine, many pets with cancer are living longer and with a greatly improved quality of life. Veterinary Associates offers many tools to diagnose, stage, and treat a variety of cancers in dogs and cats.
Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Yet detection can be difficult, as cancer can occur internally and therefore may not be detected until clinical signs develop. Annual physical exams are the best way to monitor changes in body weight and physical condition. If a growth is found by the owner or veterinarian, a fine needle aspirate is performed and cells are then examined under a high powered microscope for evidence of malignancy. Detecting tumors within the body may be more difficult depending on the location. State of the art digital radiographs and ultrasound are other important diagnostic tools that we at Veterinary Associates use to screen for cancers in our pets.
Treatment depends on the type and location of the cancer.
If possible, surgical removal of the tumor and/or involved organ is recommended. The tumor is then biopsied to determine the type of cancer and potential follow-up treatment. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which includes a variety of oral or injectable drug combinations. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well, and we usually do not see the side effects that are associated with chemotherapy in people.
The purpose of our oncology detection and treatment services is to provide a good quality of life for your pet. The knowledgeable and compassionate staff at Veterinary Associates is able to assist you and your pet from diagnosis through treatment. We are here to answer questions, offer support and guidance, and provide the best care available.