At our animal hospital when a cancer diagnosis is reached, our doctors will discuss several treatment options with you the client. They may recommend one treatment or a combination of treatments depending on the location and type of cancer as well as the advancement of the disease. To help control or eradicate the cancer in your pet the doctor might recommend surgery, chemotherapy or refer you to a cancer specialist (oncologist). We are privileged to have a board certified oncologist available here in Victoria.
Surgery is the most commonly used techniques to treat cancer in companion animals. Depending on the type of cancer complete surgical removal may be obtained giving your pet the best possible chance. Our skilled doctors are available to provide comprehensive surgical techniques for the removal of cancerous tumors, organs and tissues.
Chemotherapy is often used when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or when surgery alone is not effective enough. Our chemotherapy treatments are tailored to your pet’s needs. Chemotherapy may be as simple as daily steroid use or as complicated as IV injections of specialized chemotherapy drugs used individually or in combination.
Radiation therapy is used to kill tumor cells through the use of an external beam also known as teletherapy. Although not commonly used in veterinary medicine due to the specialized equipment, it is now available at Washington State University. Our doctors can consult with them and find out if radiation is a good option for your pet, and if so refer you to them for treatment.
We understand that hearing the diagnosis of cancer can leave an owner feeling overwhelmed and upset. Our skilled doctors and technicians are here to help guide you through the process and provide the best treatment for the quality of life for your pet.