wellness-exam-over-8Cancer poses a significant risk to our beloved pets, particularly to aging and geriatric pets, but cancer doesn’t like rules and can also affect our younger generation.

Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis

Early cancer diagnoses and proper treatment can improve your pet’s quality of life and help him or her to live longer with fewer complications. You can be proactive in your pet’s well-being by observing your pet especially when petting and grooming and reporting any physical and behavioral changes you see to us.

What Can You Do at Home?

Pick up on the warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats earlier by watching for the these signs listed by Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center. Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, the school is renowned for its oncology department. Here are some clues from CSU on signs to watch for:

  • Abnormal swelling that persists or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any opening in the body
  • Offensive odor (which may be due to a tumor in the nose, mouth, or rectal area)
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Exercise intolerance, hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness (which may be due to bone cancer)

Routine Preventative Care Examinations

Routine preventative care examinations are also important times that allow the veterinarians at Ingersoll Animal Hospital an opportunity to detect problems early, giving your pet the best chance at successful treatment and recovery.

Our Oncology Services

Our oncology services include cancer screening, therapy, and surgery. Your Ingersoll Animal Hospital veterinarian will provide you with information about your pet’s condition and discuss which proven treatment options will most benefit your pet. In some cases, your veterinarian may recommend that you consult an oncology specialist and will provide you with a referral. We work closely with the Oncology Department at Iowa State University.

There are more oncology options today than ever before, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, nutritional support, acupuncture, and clinical trials. Our pets do well in many cases with therapy, routinely handling chemotherapy with fewer complications than people. Our goal is to IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE WITH CANCER. We understand that this can be a difficult time for you and your pet. We want to assure you that our primary goal is to enhance your pet’s quality of life and provide the most appropriate treatment solutions to fight the disease.

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