Oncology is the branch of veterinary medicine which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
How do we diagnose cancer?
Often the first sign your pet has cancer, will be a growth or mass that develops somewhere on, or within, the body. However, as with human medicine, not all cancers are visible and so if you think your pet is unwell, it's important to contact us.
Sadly, cancer appears to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize, is that the same as with people, many forms of the disease can be managed, treated and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival in many types of cancers that afflict pets.
Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy are all treatments we can use to give your pet the best chance of prolonged survival, and with optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.
My pet has cancer, now what?
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it’s important not to become disheartened or overwhelmed. In order to obtain an accurate diagnosis, our vets will carry out several tests to ensure that we are able to pinpoint the best treatment option for your pet.
Understandably, this can be an anxious time, and so we always try to minimise any delay to diagnosis and treatment. Here at the Pets’n’Vets Family, we can have preliminary results back within 4 to 5 days, and treatment beginning as early as 4 to 5 days after diagnosis, for most forms a cancer.
We understand a diagnosis can be overwhelming, and often you will be given a lot of information and so we will always write down the most important points for you to review later, and please remember that no question is too big or small for us to answer, whether over the phone or in person!
What are the treatment options available to my pet?
Chemotherapy for animals is similar to that in human medicine. Very often it involves the administration of medication through an intravenous line or cannula, or it can be given orally. Thankfully if this is the case, only a short hospital stay will be required as it’s likely your pet will be treated as an outpatient.
Cancers that produce a raised mass on or under the skin, and those within the abdominal and chest cavity, can be managed by our in-house surgical team. Whilst many skin tumours are easily resolved by complete removal, others may require resection followed by medication. Each treatment is specific to you and your pet's needs.
Ongoing research and clinical trials to develop new and effective treatment options for pets with cancer, will hopefully reduce the incidence of this disease in both the human and animal fields.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call or pop in for a chat.