Cancer Care and Treatment
According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, approximately 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 4 cats will develop cancer within their lifetime. The National Canine Cancer Foundation says that over 50 percent of dogs over the age of ten will develop cancer. We know you love your pets like family and want the best for them. We also know a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be frightening and overwhelming. At Complete Pet Care, our compassionate and knowledgeable veterinarians will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plans and procedures for your pet’s individual needs. Our goal is to give your pet the best quality of life possible and help alleviate your stress along the way.
Cancer Signs and Symptoms in Pets
Many signs of cancer in pets are also common symptoms of other ailments, so the only way to know for sure if your pet has cancer is to receive a diagnosis by a veterinarian. Some signs of cancer may include:
- Difficulty eating or drinking
- Abnormal swelling
- Sores that won’t heal
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Foul odor
- Difficulty urinating or defecating
- Strained respiration
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Distended abdomen
If you notice one or more of these symptoms in your pet, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians for a complete physical examination. He or she may then suggest further diagnostic options. At Complete Pet Care, our experienced, caring veterinarians use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate your pet on-site. This may include radiology, bloodwork, needle aspiration or biopsy, but it can also involve more advanced diagnostics such as a CT or PET scan and MRI.
Significant advancements have been made over the last decade in dog cancer treatment, cat cancer treatment, pet cancer care and detection of cancer in all types of pets. Usually, the most significant influencers that affect and determine a pet’s favorable outcome with cancer treatment are the stage and type of cancer. The stage is determined by how large the growth is and how far it has spread. The type indicates the likelihood of response to therapy and the rate it can potentially spread to other parts of the body. With a combination of early detection and current therapies, your pet’s life can be extended and enhanced in healthy, comfortable ways.
Contact us today to discover how we can help with your dog cancer treatment needs.
Unlike human cancer treatment, however, pets do not experience the same uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatments, including hair loss, fatigue and nausea. We know seeing your pet in discomfort can be as difficult for you as it is for them, so we make every effort possible to use potent therapies that will keep your pet upbeat and continuing to enjoy their favorite activities.
As a supplement to traditional cancer treatments, Complete Pet Care also offers herbal and holistic treatment for cancer. These options are also employed to ease discomfort from any of your pet’s symptoms. Through our personalized treatment plans, you’ll get the information and support you need to help you decide whether these natural therapies will be beneficial.
At Complete Pet Care, you and your pets are our highest priority. Our experienced staff is committed to doing everything we can to help you fight your pet’s cancer while offering support and education so you can maintain the quality of life you want for your pet.
Please contact us today if you would like to learn more.