Aggressive, Effective Cancer Treatment: Surgery & Chemotherapy for Dogs & Cats

The professionals at Center City Veterinary Hospital take extra care in treating your dogs and cats, especially when we have a diagnosis of cancer. Pets receive individual attention, exceptional and compassionate care, and tailored treatment plans.

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We help alleviate the fear and misconceptions associated with this disease by keeping pet owners fully informed of available options. Our passion for intense personal support is unparalleled.

Diagnosing Cancers in Dogs & Cats

Every patient needs an accurate diagnosis for us to implement effective treatment. Our veterinarians are skilled at identifying the symptoms of a developing cancer, highly trained in reading laboratory results, interpreting X-rays, and understanding how specific symptoms point to a proper diagnosis.

A complete diagnosis may not be feasible until a mass or tissue is removed and a biopsy performed. Fortunately, the diagnostic removal of a mass or tumor may also be the cure for some early-stage cancers. Surgical removals are safer than ever, and most pets recover easily.

As many cancers surface in older pets, the senior wellness exam is more important than ever. Diagnosing cancer at the earliest stage offers the best opportunity for positive treatment results and more moderate symptoms for our patients.

Cancer Treatments

The stage and type of cancer determines the method of treatment. As mentioned, early diagnosis makes treatment easier on the patient, as well as less extensive and costly. Our goal is to maintain or restore comfort and quality of life for all of our pet cancer patients.

Chemotherapy and surgery are the most likely treatment options for our patients. We tailor the dose and intensity of the chemo treatment to the size, age, and general vigor of each patient, to avoid significant side effects while maintaining progress in treatment. Most pets have few, if any, symptoms or side effects of treatment.

Our goal is to keep a pet comfortable and restore vigor where possible. If a pet is very old, has existing illnesses or chronic conditions, or the cancer has progressed, we may recommend hospice care. This end of life care can be a blessing for both pets and people. It is our belief that no life should be prolonged if suffering cannot be lessened.

Education & Support Online

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine offers this excellent Pet Owner's Guide to Cancer.

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine provides this selection of articles about pet cancer and treatment.

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