A cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be devastating when you’ve got the right team in your corner.
Many pet owners are surprised to learn that cancer is among the most common medical conditions that can affect companion animals – particularly those that are over the age of 10. And while certain breeds may be more genetically predisposed to developing cancer, it’s a disease that can affect just about any pet at any time. The team at Best Friends Animal Clinic is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of cancers.
Some of the signs that may indicate the presence of cancer
include, but are not limited to:
Lumps or bumps, on or beneath the skin
Sudden weight loss
Difficulty urinating or defecating
Changes in mood or personality
As your four-legged family member grows older, even if there are no outward signs of a problem, it’s important that you bring them in for routine screenings. At Best Friends Animal Clinic, we recommend doing this every 6 – 12 months. This allows us to run detailed diagnostic tests which help us determine whether there is anything present that we should be concerned about. As with humans, the earlier we are able to diagnose and treat cancer in pets, the better the chances of a positive outcome.
Cancer Treatment Options
There are a number of different ways to address cancer in
companion animals. The path we choose will ultimately depend
on your pet’s specific situation. For instance, age and
current health status, as well as the type of cancer and how
much it has progressed, all play a role. We will work with you
to discuss your options and help you make the best decision
for your family. Our primary goal will always be to help your
loved one maintain the highest quality of life for as many
years as possible.
A few of the different cancer treatment options available at Best Friends Animal Clinic include:
Cancer cells are able to grow and spread primarily due to the immune system failing to recognize that they are abnormal. This allows them to continue to metastasize. Immunotherapy is a cutting-edge treatment option for pets with cancer. This personalized vaccination uses existing cancerous cells to awaken the immune system and alert it that those cells are harmful. As a result, the immune system then recognizes and begins attacking cancer cells within the body, preventing them from spreading further.
Neoplasene is a natural cancer treatment that is derived from the active ingredients of the bloodroot herb. It can be administered three different ways: topically, in pill form, or by injection. Neoplasene treatments have been proven to be successful in a number of documented cases, particularly those involving tumors of the skin, such as mast cell tumors, mammary tumors, fiborsarcomas and more. Neoplasene should only be administered under the guidance of an experienced veterinary professional.
Nutrition plays a pivotal role in providing pets with the
greatest quality of life. For pets that have been diagnosed
with cancer, helping them maintain adequate nutritional levels
is essential. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a dog
undergoing cancer treatment to experience hyporexia (decreased
appetite) or anorexia (no appetite). Our team is experienced
in developing customized diet plans that address the specific
needs of each patient.
Whichever course of action you choose to take, we want you to know that we understand how difficult this time is for you and your family and that you’re not alone. At any point, should a question or concern cross your mind, we encourage you to give us a call so we can talk it through. Whatever the outcome, the team at Best Friends Animal Clinic will be there to partner with you, every step of the way.
Best Friends Animal Clinic
1313 North Harrison AvenueShawnee, OK 74801
Monday: 8:00 A.M — 5 30 P.M
Wednesday: 8:00 A.M — 5:30 P.M
Friday: 8:00 A.M - 3:00 P.M