Boy kissing his dog: Pet Cancer Care in Jonesboro

Pet Cancer Care: Treating Pets With Effective Oncology

Cancer in pets is more common due to the advancements in veterinary medicine that help them live to a ripe old age. Just as in humans, your pet’s risk of cancer increases with age. Consequently, veterinary medicine has taken some cues from human medicine and applied many of the same treatments to fight cancer in pets. At the Animal Medical Center in Jonesboro we offer the latest in pet oncology as well as extensive palliative care to keep them comfortable.

Cancer Treatment Options: Chemotherapy & Surgery

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is similar to its human medicine counterpart. We inject a strong drug that targets and kills rapidly dividing cancer cells, but also occasionally healthy cells.

Chemotherapy can be difficult to consider for our pets, especially if we’ve seen its effects on our family, friends, or even experienced it ourselves. However, cats and dogs often fare much better than we do. While they can also experience hair loss, vomiting and stomach upset, a lowering of their immune system, and even anemia, it is often far less severe.

Surgery

Often, chemotherapy and surgery can be used together to treat cancer. Surgery helps us remove as many cancerous cells as possible, while chemotherapy can either be used first to reduce the size of a tumor or after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. We will discuss your pet’s treatment options based on their condition and cancer type.

Two people holding their pets: Pet Cancer Care in Jonesboro

Palliative Care During Cancer Treatments

An important aspect of pet cancer treatment is the palliative care that helps them maintain their quality of life. This includes pain medications and/or homeopathy. We also work closely with a veterinary acupuncturist who can treat your pet in our clinic or at their own clinic.

Pain medications are meant to relieve any pain caused by the cancer or its treatments. NSAIDs and opioids are the most common options. They help relieve your pet’s discomfort so they can go on enjoying life to the fullest.

Homeopathy provides expanded options for our treatments to patients. CBD or Cannabidiol oil is a very common homeopathic remedy that helps treat pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a range of other benefits including appetite stimulation, anti-nausea effects, and anti-anxiety effects.

Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into acupuncture points (which are typically around blood vessels). These needles block pain receptors and are believed to re-balance the body’s natural energy lines (meridians). Acupuncture not only helps to relieve pain, but is also very relaxing and can improve your pet’s mental well-being.

If you have any questions about our pet cancer care or palliative care, please contact us to learn more at (870) 935-8387.

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