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Cancer / Chemotherapy
According to the AVMA, Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age, and early diagnosis is a key to successful treatment.
10 Common Signs of Neoplasia in Small Animals:
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
Each type of cancer requires individualized care and may include one or a combination of treatment therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherapy. Your pet’s overall health is important too, and our veterinarians may recommend dietary changes or other supplements to help your pet better respond to treatment. Once you have a diagnosis, the veterinarian will discuss the best treatment option(s) for your pet and the risks and side effects associated with each option.