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Chemotherapy for Dogs

What is chemotherapy for dogs?


Chemotherapy is a term given to a group of drugs that have the ability to kill cancer cells in dogs. The specific medication or combination of medications will depend on the type of cancer your dog has, as well as his overall health. Your pet will be monitored to ensure that the treatment is working well with minimal side effects. If not, the vet might try another drug or change the dosage and frequency.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick?


Dogs seem to do very well with chemotherapy. They can occasionally have some gastric upset or allergic reaction which we can treat accordingly.

What are some common side effects of chemotherapy for dogs?


Although side effects are relatively uncommon, some dogs will experience a decreased appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. As chemotherapy is depressing your dog’s immune system, they are also at a higher risk of secondary illnesses.

How is chemotherapy administered in dogs?


Most chemotherapy medications are delivered intravenously (into a vein) as an in-clinic procedure. There are certain protocols that include oral chemotherapeutic drugs that can be administered at home.

What is the cost of canine chemotherapy?


The cost of chemotherapy is very dependent on the pet’s size, chemotherapy protocol, and route of administration. Quotes are given on a case by case basis.

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