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Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment
Pets like dogs, cats, ferrets and even rabbits can get cancer just like humans. Most cancer is treatable if it is caught before metastasizing in the animal's body. In addition, your veterinarians in Winnipeg offer advanced cancer treatment methods that significantly extend the lives of cats, dogs, and other pets with cancer. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery to remove tumors are the primary procedures used to treat cancer in pets.
Lymphoma--also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is commonly diagnosed in dogs and affects bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver, skin and GI tract. Chemotherapy is the first choice of cancer treatment for lymphoma.
Mast cell tumors--chemotherapy is also recommended to treat mast cell tumors. Removal of some MCTs underneath the animal's skin completely eliminates cancer while other tumors require more aggressive treatment.
Fibrosarcomas--appearing in the soft connective tissues and skin of dogs and cats, fibrosarcomas also respond well to chemotherapy. In cats, fibrosarcomas are usually found on the chest, back of the neck and between the shoulder blades. In dogs, fibrosarcomas develop in their limbs and jaw.
Mammary tumors--diagnosed primarily in unspayed female dogs or female dogs not spayed until they were over two years old, mammary tumors require surgical removal and sometimes, chemotherapy after surgery. Dachshunds, cocker spaniels and poodles seem to suffer mammary tumors more than other breeds while Oriental and short-haired female cats tend to be at risk for mammary tumors.
Although not specifically a chemotherapy drug, Prednisone is a chemotherapy agent frequently used to treat dog and cat cancers. Well tolerated by animals, Prednisone may cause mild to moderately increased appetite, thirst and urination in pets.
Asparaginase is a chemotherapy medication included on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. Injected under the animal's skin or into a vein, Asparaginase works to kill cancer cells by preventing tumor cells from making certain amino acids.
The Madison Wisconsin Protocol is a relatively new cancer treatment for pets that combines three chemotherapy medications to address all stages of canine lymphoma. Prednisone is included for a short time during the treatment cycle.
Doxorubicin is a potent chemotherapy drug prescribed to treat lymphoma, mammary gland cancer and thyroid cancer in cats and dogs. It can cause nausea and reduce your pet's white blood cell count. Your veterinarians in Winnipeg will discuss the benefits and side effects of Doxorubicin before beginning treatment.
Pet owners can help keep their pets healthy and prevent some types of cancer by having dogs and cats spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Make sure they eat a well-balanced diet, get enough exercise and receive regular preventative exams at our animal hospital in Winnipeg. Always call us right away if you notice unusual changes in your pet's behavior or physical appearance, especially slow-healing sores, lumps/bumps on the body and chronic vomiting or diarrhea.
Schedule a wellness check for your pet today by calling Best Friends Animal Hospital at 204-269-4451. We look forward to meeting with you and your furry friends!