For as long as pets have been owned and loved, we make connections that are deemed rather unbreakable. It can become devastating when one falls ill, becomes hurt, or passes on. These are troublesome things to contemplate. Here at AMC, we offer different cancer treatments that can not only save your pet’s life in many cases but also improve their quality of life exponentially.
When your pet is experiencing symptoms such as lethargy, low or reduced appetite, irregular digestion (diarrhea or constipation), regurgitation, etc., these are key indicators of abnormalities. They should be examined by a veterinary doctor as soon as possible. If symptoms like these are not assessed within a reasonable amount of time, your pet may be in critical danger. At AMC, our trained, certified professionals are well equipped to assess your pet’s symptoms and offer proper diagnoses and treatments. Understanding care options are essential for you as an owner to assure your pet receives the care they deserve. Here at AMC, there are a wide variety of treatment options based on many variables; if the cancer is in early or late stages if it has already metastasized or not, the age, weight, and overall health and condition.
Pet Cancer Treatments
Administering cancer treatments are available in two forms; via tablet or injection. Dependent upon condition, your pet may require sedatives at the time of administration, or perhaps a vascular access port (VAP). Chemotherapy drugs may be given either at the clinic or even at home. If you decide to go provide your pet the chemotherapy at home, our staff will properly instruct you on how to do so.
If injections are necessary, they will be administered by the veterinarian or the veterinary assistant, by an IV. In some cases, the injection can be given underneath the surface of the skin, directly into the diseased area, or a body cavity, such as the torso or abdomen.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Worry not, for chemotherapy side effects in animals differ substantially than in humans. More than 90% of the time, the treated animal will experience no side effects whatsoever. If there were to be any effects at all, expect mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, suppressed appetite, signs of physical inactivity, and slight thinning of the fur. Remember these aftermaths are temporary and will subside once treatment has finalized. If your pet experiences prolonged side effects long after treatment has been finished, contact AMC as soon as possible. We can reevaluate the status of your pet’s health and overall, post-chemo condition, at which, we will be able to find an alternative solution to better the well-being of your furry friend.
AMC recognizes the quality of care for your pet is of utmost importance, especially in the time of cancer diagnosis. ‘Our team at AMC will ensure we provide your best friend with the love and care it deserves. Whether that be a simple wellness check, or extensive chemotherapy to guarantee the best for your cherished family addition.