For most, cancer is never an easy word to say. This especially holds true when the word is used in regard to someone we love, and that includes our cats and dogs. But cancer is a reality for our pets, and Haven Lake Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care for your beloved pet, regardless of the prognosis.
For dogs and cats over 10 years of age, cancer is the leading cause of death. Yes, it is a reality you as a pet owner may have to face in your pet’s lifetime. Many of the symptoms your pet may present are similar to those found in humans, and include:
- The presence of a tumor or mass in the affected area
- Sudden, rapid loss of weight
- A wound that refuses to heal
- Sudden lameness or swelling in the bone
- Abdominal bleeding
- Unexplained and chronic vomiting and diarrhea
If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, it is time to call us. Haven Lake Animal Hospital is fully equipped to diagnose your pet’s condition and provide the treatment needed to keep your pet’s tail wagging.
Not all pet cancers are terminal. There are many successful treatments available for your pet that will enable them to continue to live a long, happy, and even healthy life. One such treatment is I-131 radioiodine therapy, a cutting-edge cancer treatment for cats suffering from cancer of the thyroid (hyperthyroidism). We encourage you to learn more about this therapy and the hope it provides cat owners and their kitties.
In addition to I-131 radioiodine therapy, there are many other treatment options for your pet’s cancer. Haven Lake Animal Hospital’s internal medicine and soft tissue surgery services will increase your pet’s chances for a successful recovery. And, if needed, our hospice services can ease the pain of saying goodbye for you both.
Chemotherapy can be an effective and powerful tool in treating many forms of cancer. We offer both injectable and oral chemotherapy medication options as recommended by the most current oncology protocols.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our oncology services, our I-131 radioiodine therapy treatment, or any procedures scheduled for your pet, please call us. We will be happy to work with you during this time. Likewise, if you are in need of an appointment or consultation regarding your pet’s symptoms or condition, contact us immediately.