Frequently Asked Questions
- I know how sick humans undergoing chemotherapy can become. Will my dog feel as sick following chemotherapy?
- Do I need to give my pet Heartworm prevention year round?
I know how sick humans undergoing chemotherapy can become. Will my dog feel as sick following chemotherapy?The goal of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in humans is a cure. For this reason humans are given large amounts of drugs and often full body radiation to combat the cancer and any metastasis that may have already occurred. While a physician can explain the treatment protocol and the temporary discomfort process to their patient, dogs would not understand that we would make them sick for now to make them better in the long run. For that reason veterinarians approach cancer treatment in our patients very differently. While our ultimate goal is remission and cure, frequently our secondary goals are to slow down the cancer and alleviate the pain and discomfort your pet is feeling without making them sick. In fact, we will change your pet’s chemotherapy protocol is the side effects are unacceptable. We also monitor your pet’s blood values to make sure we are not causing detrimental changes that are not visible on the outside. It is important to understand the chemotherapy protocol your pet would undergo before deciding if it is or is not the best choice for you as a family.
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Do I need to give my pet Heartworm prevention year round?Absolutely. Heartworm disease is passed by mosquitos, which can be active all year. We frequently diagnose Heartworms in patients that have missed only 1 or 2 doses of monthly preventive. In addition, Heartworm medication also prevents intestinal parasites, some of which can be passed from dogs to humans. YEAR-ROUND HEARTWORM PREVENTION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR DOG!
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