We understand that hearing the diagnosis of cancer or a tumor, in your dog or cat, can leave you feeling overwhelmed and upset. The doctors and staff at Hilton Animal Hospital are here to help guide our clients through the process and to provide the best options to keep your pet pain free and maintain a good quality of life.
Like us, dogs and cats can get tumors and cancer. Fortunately, however, some forms of this disease are curable, and many are manageable long term. In addition, recent advancements in oncology can dramatically extend the lives of many dogs and cats.
At Hilton Animal Hospital, our doctors will discuss several treatment options with you when a diagnosis of cancer is made. Cancer is a diverse and complex group of diseases with a wide range of clinical outcomes. Treatments can vary widely and include therapeutic interventions such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and supportive care. Many patients require a combination of these treatment modalities.
The main concern in deciding upon a course of treatment should be what is best to maintain the quality of life of your pet. Sometimes, because of the type of cancer or its stage of progress, cure is unlikely. For these cases, treatment may help alleviate symptoms such as pain and greatly improve the quality of the pet's remaining life. This is called palliative treatment.