Comprehensive Pet Cancer Care From Community Animal Hospital in Morris Plains NJ

Pet Cancer Care From Community Animal Hospital

Cancer in companion animals is an emotional and challenging diagnosis for any pet owner. However, you may not realize that cancer is one of the most treatable of all the chronic pet diseases. While we don't currently have a specialist on staff, our veterinary team has experience with a wide-range of cancer care.

The professionals at Community Animal Hospital offer comprehensive cancer treatment. Whether we successfully eliminate the cancer or utilize treatments to manage it for the long term, you will find support, guidance, and an abundance of educational information, all designed to assist you in making the most appropriate decisions for your pet and your family.

Cancer Treatments for Pets

There are many forms of cancer and each is different. Your Community Animal Hospital veterinarian will determine treatment recommendations based on the type of cancer and the age, health, and lifestyle of the patient.

When caught early, your veterinarian is able to offer a variety of options to address the disease. Happily, pets generally respond quite well to these treatment modalities and a positive outcome is a realistic expectation.

While there is no single plan to address cancer in pets, there are three types of treatments that are typically discussed:

  1. Surgery – Removal of the tumor and diseased tissue
  2. Chemotherapy – Medications designed to kill cancer cells
  3. Radiation – High doses of radiation are used to shrink or eliminate the tumor

We may use a combination of treatment modalities to address cancer in your pet. Therapies such as nutritional supplements are available to help your pet heal and to enhance comfort.

Ten Common Signs of Cancer 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

This list can be found at the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

When your pet is diagnosed with cancer, you are never alone at Community Animal Hospital. Here, your pet receives the ultimate in progressive pet care with a personal touch.

Contact our office for more information.

Pet Cancer Resources

Visit this pet health blog to read why people treat their pets for cancer.

Read this helpful article, Cancer, from the AAHA Healthy Pet website.

We also recommend the book, Pets Living with Cancer: A Pet Owner's Resource (AAHA Press, 2000), published by the professionals at the American Animal Hospital Association.

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