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Chemotherapy for Dogs and Cats

As our companion animals live longer, we see more animals develop chronic diseases such as cancer. Many of our pets can have some reasonable success in cancer treatment or palliative therapy. In some cases, your veterinarian may refer your pet to an Oncologist (cancer specialist) for consultation to set up a treatment protocol using chemotherapy. Animals tolerate chemotherapy very well. Your veterinarian will discuss the treatment protocol as well as the possible adverse effect that may occur with treatment.

What is chemotherapy, and how is it administered?


Chemotherapy is a type of treatment using medication that attacks cancerous or rapidly dividing cells. It can be administered either via injection or oral medication.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick? What are the common side effects?


Dogs and cats tolerate chemotherapy very well. Commonly occurring adverse effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, or bone marrow suppression. Your veterinarian will discuss possible adverse effects with you as they will vary depending on the type of medication used.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the increasing number of Covid cases in Manitoba, we have updated our protocols to ensure the safety of our staff, clients, and community effective immediately.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital