With recent advances in veterinary oncology that offer better treatment and greater chances for recovery, Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod offer many tools to diagnose, stage, and treat a variety of cancers in dogs and cats.
Like with humans, early detection is the key to successful treatment. However, detection can be difficult, as cancer often occurs internally and therefore may not be detected until clinical signs develop. Like with many more serious pet health issues, annual physical exams are the best way to monitor changes in body weight and physical condition. If an external sign, like a growth or tumor, 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 ultrasounds are other important diagnostic tools that our animal clinic uses to screen for cancers in our pets.
As your veterinarian will tell you, treatment depends on the type and location of their cancer.
Whenever possible, surgical removal of the tumor and/or involved organ is recommended. After removal, the tumor undergoes a biopsy to determine the type of cancer and follow up. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which includes a variety of oral or injectable drug combinations. Wonderfully, 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 veterinary staff at our veterinary hospital are able to assist you and your pet from diagnosis through treatment. We know that pet cancer can be scary but are always here to answer questions, offer support and guidance, and provide the best care available.
We are proud to offer quality veterinary oncology services to the pets of Yarmouth, Harwich, Dennis, Hyannis, Provincetown, and the surrounding areas.