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.

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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.