A diagnosis of cancer in your pet can be a very difficult and emotional time, but there are now many treatment options we offer through the SASH Oncology service.
Our first priority is to maintain quality of life and ensure your pet remains comfortable and happy for as long as possible. Although side effects are possible, they are rare.
Similar to cancer in people, pets can get various types and subtypes of cancers, which respond differently to treatments. This means that with each pet, SASH will develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to them.
The first step is diagnosis. Depending on the type of cancer, procedures such as biopsy or radiographs may need to be performed to determine the best treatment strategy.
After diagnosis, the treatment plan for your pet will then depend on the type of cancer, what stage it is at, pathological results and your personal wishes. Options may include palliation, chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy.
It is important to know that chemotherapy in animals is different from people. Side effects like vomiting and diarrhoea are minimised because of the drugs and doses used by our specialist oncologists and with most chemotherapy plans, hair loss does not occur.
Some oncology treatment plans require you to bring your pet to the hospital but others can be given at home. During the treatment, we will need to monitor your pet’s blood cells as they can be affected by medication, but we can discuss whether this can be performed by your local vet.
We didn’t know what was wrong with our dog, Tiger except that he was not well. We took him to SASH Emergency and they called in an Oncology Specialist. Within a day and a half they confirmed Tiger had a type of cancer and they started treating him for it. That was six months ago and Tiger is in remission and in great shape.
Meet the oncology team at SASH here.