Experience & Success in Cancer Treatment for Dogs & Cats
Cancer is the leading cause of death in older pets, but it can also be a very treatable disease compared to many other age-related illnesses. Lucerne Veterinary Hospital offers more than a decade of experience in the compassionate treatment of cancer in pets.
Cancer Care for Your Dog & Cat
Cancer care in pets is much different than humans. A diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet is extremely upsetting. However, in many cases there are good treatment options that maximize survival times while providing your pet with excellent quality of life.
Our veterinary team makes every effort to decrease the stress associated with such a diagnosis. Understanding all the treatment options is one way to help you through this time.
Pet Cancer Treatment from Dr. Monk
Dr. Stephanie Monk has been treating patients with cancer for more than 10 years. Prior to creating a treatment protocol, Dr. Monk reviews the available treatment options with you. All of your questions are answered prior to choosing a course of action. She is also able to work with specialists as needed for unusual cases, to ensure your pet is receiving the best care.
Oncology Treatment Options for Pets
Depending on the type of cancer in question, the best treatment may involve:
- Other new forms of treatment
Often, a combination of these treatments is the most successful approach. Cancer surgeries can be performed at Lucerne Veterinary Hospital, and chemotherapy is done with many of our cancer patients. Various chemotherapy protocols are available for a number of different cancers.
Meeting Your Needs
Sometimes the textbook treatment is not an option for logistic, emotional, or financial reasons. Together, we find a treatment that maximizes your pet’s comfort and longevity, while taking into account any necessary limitations.
Exciting new treatments have recently become available for certain types of cancer. Some of these treatments can be performed at our hospital. Others can only be performed by board-certified cancer specialists, generally in New Hampshire or Massachusetts.
If radiation is needed, referral is made to Massachusetts. There are currently no veterinary radiation treatment facilities in Maine.
We are pleased to discuss these treatment options with you when appropriate, and refer you to an oncologist when that is the best choice for you and your pet.
Chemotherapy & Pets
Chemotherapy in pets is much different than in people. Most patient doses are very well tolerated. Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite are minimized, and hair loss is very rare. Our goal is no side effects at all, and this is true in many of our patients.
The staff dispenses affection, attention, and lots of treats to create a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Many of our patients actually look forward to coming to the clinic for treatments.
In all cases, we keep quality of life at the forefront. Our goal is to find the best treatment possible for your pet, and make it as easy as possible for everyone involved.