“Cancer” is a word no one ever wants to hear from the mouth of their veterinarian. We recognize that cancer is a scary diagnosis, but do not give up hope. At Anderson Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, we are here to help you transition from shock and sadness over a cancer diagnosis to be able to take an active role in managing your pet’s disease through our veterinary cancer care. There are almost always therapies that can be done to help no matter where your dog or cat is in their stage of cancer. Our veterinary team can suggest a wide variety of treatments in addition to chemotherapy and/or surgery. Depending on your pet's diagnosis, pets can benefit from pain management, anti-nausea medications, immunotherapy, and special diets. There are many tools to help provide the best quality of life for your pet; we are here to empower you with information so you can explore your options and make the best decision for your beloved pet.
Just like people, pets also need oncologists to help and diagnose cancer and give treatment for the same. From surgery to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy, our veterinary cancer care in Winnipeg is equipped to provide comprehensive treatment for pets suffering from cancer.
If you’re noticing changes in your pet’s behaviour or a lump in their body, schedule a consultation with our Cancer care veterinarian in Winnipeg for a diagnosis and treatment options.
Has your pet recently been behaving differently? As a pet owner, observe the following signs in your pet. Some of the signs could be an indication they have cancer.
Drastic change in weight Even when there is no change in the diet plan, and yet your pet is either gaining or losing weight; it could be a sign of illness. There could be a tumour in the stomach.
Appetite issues If your pet’s appetite has increased or decreased drastically, it could be a sign of cancer.
Check for lumps If you find lumps or abnormal swelling in your pet’s body, make a note of it. You may usually find them near shoulders, armpits or legs. It is a sign that the lymph is growing over time.
Difficulty in breathing If your pet finds it difficult to breathe or swallow food, it might be because of a tumour in the mouth or neck region blocking airways and esophagus.
When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy treatment may be offered as a possible treatment option. The thought of putting a pet through chemotherapy can be frightening for some pet owners; particularly those who may have seen family or friends suffer through the side effects of chemo or even experienced those side effects themselves.
However, human cancer treatment differs from veterinary cancer treatment because our goal is tipped toward maximizing quality of life rather than survival. Chemotherapy for dogs and cats typically does not cause them to lose their fur or develop severe nausea. Pets might have a few “off” days between treatments but otherwise should maintain normal energy levels. Our veterinarians will work to balance maximum potency with minimal side effects.
Our veterinarians regularly consult with some of the leading Oncology specialists to develop the best chemotherapy protocol for your pet.