When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a scary time for the owner and family, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s because Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine & Oncology (AVIM&O) offers advanced treatment options, allowing pets to continue living life the way they did before the diagnosis. Our oncology services involve treating cancer as well as preventing, diagnosing, and researching it using the latest in veterinary medicine.
We are pleased to have a board-certified oncology team to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate medical care for pets. Our specialists are always happy to discuss the available treatment options in detail with pet owners before deciding which one is most appropriate.
Cancer Treatment Options
The following is a list of pet cancer treatment services that we offer at AVIM&O:
- Chemotherapy: The use of an injectable or oral medication that kills cancer cells
- Immunotherapy: A form of therapy that stimulates a pet’s immune system to fight cancer cells
- Radiation therapy: A form of therapy that uses high-energy electrons or protons that penetrate the body to destroy cancer cells or prevent them from spreading (soon to be available at our Annapolis location)
- Stenting: Involves placing a stent (a tiny mesh-like, hollow tube that’s placed in a hollow structure in the body) to keep a structure in the body open. The following are the stenting procedures we can perform:
The specific type of chemotherapy medication (injectable or oral) varies for each patient and depends on the type of cancer and the overall health of the pet. The length of treatment also varies from pet to pet. Most injectable medications are given under the skin or intravenously. Treatment is ultimately customized to meet the specific needs of the patient, and unlike in human medicine, it has little side effects for pets.
Prior to the first treatment, we’ll conduct a thorough physical exam on the pet. During treatment, additional diagnostics may also be required, such as an ultrasound or CT scan, to ensure that the treatment is working. We work closely with pet owners and referring veterinarians to obtain the best results.