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Chemotherapy for Dogs

Chemotherapy is the act of administering medications to pets that have the ability to kill cancer cells. There are a variety of medications available for use in chemotherapy. What is chosen for your pet will depend on various factors such as the type of cancer to be treated and the overall health of the pet. As is the case with many approaches in veterinary medicine, the chemotherapy protocol is tailored to meet the needs of the individual pet.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick?


Most pets seem to tolerate chemotherapy much better than people. If needed, certain medications can be given to minimize side effects. Minor side effects that can occur from time to time include gastrointestinal upset, minimal hair loss (hair thinning) and a temporary drop in white blood cells that are usually self-corrected within 24 hours. Significant reactions are noted in less than 10% of pets receiving chemotherapy.

What are some common side effects of chemotherapy for dogs?


There are not really any side effects that would be deemed common. If side effects from chemotherapy occur at all, they will likely include gastrointestinal upset, hair thinning and possibly a temporary decrease in white blood cell production.

How is chemotherapy administered in dogs?


Chemotherapeutic agents are typically given intravenously to your dog during their stay with us. They may also be administered orally.

What is the cost of canine chemotherapy?


As every chemotherapy protocol is tailored to the individual pet, your vet can provide you with an estimate of fees at your pet’s exam and consultation. If you have not been to us before, a physical examination and consultation with one of our vets are required before chemotherapy can be administered.

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