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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy in Dogs and Cats

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with oral or injectable medications. The drugs are used to target and destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is an essential component of oncology care and can be highly effective in treating various types of cancer in animals.  

Chemotherapy is used to help cancer patients in many ways including:
  • Acting as the primary therapy for some types of white blood cell cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia
  • Shrinking tumors to make other treatments, such as surgery, more effective
  • Preventing or delaying cancer spread to other parts of the body
  • Treating tumors that are already widespread throughout the body
  • Improving comfort in patients with widespread disease

Chemotherapy drugs are administered either orally or by injection and are then distributed throughout the bloodstream and body to target cancer cells in many sites at once. In general, they work by attacking rapidly dividing cells in the body.   

Your medical oncologist will discuss if chemotherapy is appropriate for your pet and the pros and cons of treatment. Our primary goal is to preserve an excellent quality of life for your pet for as long as possible. Thankfully, chemotherapy in pets is generally well-tolerated, and most patients handle chemotherapy very well with minimal to no side effects. Dogs and cats are able to maintain an excellent quality of life during treatment and still participate in the normal daily activities they enjoy. However, chemotherapy treatment does carry risks, and a small percentage of our patients can suffer side effects. The most common side effects seen include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a temporary drop in white blood cell counts, which can increase the risk of infection. Medications can be prescribed to manage these side effects and improve comfort. Regular bloodwork testing is also performed to monitor the pet’s response to therapy and make adjustments to the treatment plan if needed. Benefits and risks specific to your pet’s diagnosis will be discussed with you prior to any therapy being initiated so you can make an informed decision for your pet’s care. Our goal is to balance the benefits of treatment with potential side effects to ensure a good quality of life both during and after treatment. 

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Wheat Ridge
Animal Hospital

10140 W. 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

303-420-8360

WRAH is open 24/7, 365

Vision Statement

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital will be the premier veterinary hospital in the state, providing unsurpassed veterinary care and client service, offering the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients and an empathetic partner in the process for our clients.

Bill Cicero, BS, MBA, Hospital Director

Directions to Wheat Ridge
Animal Hospital

300 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80209

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1:00pm – 10:00pm

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