oncology

Oncology

Unfortunately, pets get cancer too. We understand that this is devastating news and difficult decisions must be made. We are here to help you during this difficult process and to provide options to you and for your pet to help keep them feeling the best for as long as possible.  

Dr. Krista Hardy works closely with boarded oncologists to help us manage care for our cancer patients by offering them chemotherapy treatment options close to home. We understand there are limited locations and travel can be long and difficult especially during the winter months. 

When a canine or feline patient is diagnosed with cancer, we are here to help by offering diagnostics to evaluate the whole patient and to help with staging. Diagnostics include complete blood work, radiographs, ultrasounography, ultrasound-guided biopsies, as well as specific cancer screening tests. We also have the ability to safely administer chemotherapy treatments that are recommended by our consulting oncologists. 

Veterinary chemotherapy is very different compared to human chemotherapy. In veterinary medicine, our goal is to treat the cancer in hopes of reaching remission without unwanted chemotherapy side effects. Thankfully the vast majority of our chemotherapy patients feel well while undergoing therapy. Although infrequent, side effects may include lethargy, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. We do offer medications to minimize or eliminate those side effects from occurring. Animals do not lose hair as in human medicine. 

The most common types of cancers we treat include:

  • Lymphoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Transitional cell carcinomas (bladder tumors)
  • Prostatic cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Anal gland adenocarcinomas
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Melanomas

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