Help your pet live the life they deserve.
If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy may be an option for them. At Lucerne Veterinary Hospital, we can help you understand all the treatment options, which will vary depending on the exact diagnosis and may include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or referral for radiation treatment. Chemotherapy can slow the spread of cancer - sometimes putting it into complete remission - and buy precious time with termianlly ill pets. Chemotherapy is much different in pets than people; quality of life is paramount and our goal is to prolong life while keeping them feeling good every day.
How does chemotherapy work?
Chemotherapy drugs attack cancer cells in pets the same way they attack cancer cells in people. Protocols vary from pet to pet and are determined based upon the type of cancer, the stage of the cancer, the pet’s current health, and their medical history. Prior to starting chemotherapy, your veterinarian will go over your pet’s treatment options and discuss any potential side effects.
Administering a single dose of chemotherapy is relatively easy, depending on the type of cancer. We offer both on-site injections and take-home oral medications. The number of chemotherapy treatments your pet will need is based upon the type of cancer they have, their response to treatment, and the specific treatment goals you and your veterinarian have created. Pets who go into remission will be able to taper off their treatments, but others may require chemotherapy for the remainder of their life.
If you have questions about chemotherapy or would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at (207) 843-6300.