Medical Oncology and Chemotherapy for Your Pet

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 knowledge, protocols and treatments in veterinary medicine. 

We are pleased to have a board-certified and residency-trained team of veterinarians 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:
    • Tracheal
    • Urethral
    • Esophageal
    • Ureteral

Pet Chemotherapy

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. Unlike in human medicine, chemotherapy usually has fewer side effects in our pets via the protocols chosen. This should be discussed with your pet’s oncologist, as it is a very common concern for our clients. 

Prior to the first treatment, we’ll conduct a thorough medical history and review of your pet’s situation. This is followed by a complete physical examination, discussion of your concerns, finding answers, and choosing options that work for your pet. Throughout your pet’s care, there may be the need for additional diagnostic tests, along with the monitoring and updates that frequently accompany a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatments. These may include initial and reassessment ultrasound, CT, radiographs and blood work, as befits the situation. We work closely with pet owners and referring veterinarians to obtain the best results.