Dog Cancer Chemotherapy
From Pet Health Learning Center
Dog Cancer Chemotherapy
When you own a dog you hope that the day never comes when they get sick and need treatment but unfortunately this does sometimes happen. If your dog gets Dog Cancer you will have to consider the best possible treatment for them. You will want something that will save your dog but also cause them the least amount of Dog Stress And Anxiety as well as any discomfort. Unfortunately it often depends on the type of cancer they have as to what form of treatment they are given.
Types of cancer and treatments
Cancer is a group of cells which are taking over your dog's healthy tissues; if left untreated then your dog will die. Your vet may decide to remove the tumor or begin a course of radiotherapy. Both of these are common ways to treat the cancer. Your vet might also choose to give your dog chemotherapy and although this is effective in most cases, every situation is different. Your vet will have to assess if this is the right form of treatment for your dog. For Dog Lymphoma Cancer and some other forms of cancer chemotherapy has a good success rate but for other types it has very little effect.
How the Chemotherapy works
Although the chemotherapy which is given to your dog is effective at killing cancer cells it unfortunately kills all cells, even the healthy ones. All of the chemicals chosen are more toxic to the cancer cells which is how the chemotherapy destroys them. Although this type of drug is being improved it is slowly getting better at only destroying the cancerous cells. At present they still do destroy the healthy ones as well. Your vet will take some time deciding on the best combination of pharmaceuticals to give your dog and this is very important.
Side effects of chemotherapy
Although many people believe that dogs do not suffer the same side effects as humans when they begin their chemotherapy treatment, this is untrue. Dogs do suffer from Dog Chemotherapy Drug Side Effects and they are simply not as noticeable due to the smaller dose of pharmaceuticals which is given to your dog. Hair loss is common in some breeds of animal and you may notice it in your dog, this is however normal and hopefully it will grow back. Your dog may also experience Dog Vomiting which can be treated with other pharmaceuticals to help them to stop.
Chemotherapy for your dog
The chemotherapy will be given in a smaller dose to your dog because of their body weight and these are designed to help fight the cancer cells. The hope is that these will be destroyed before the healthy cells are. Your dog will need other pharmaceuticals as well to try and fight this disease and hopefully you would have diagnosed it early enough. There are many different types of chemotherapy pharmaceuticals available and once it has been established which ones are suited to your dog then they can begin taking them. The duration of their treatment will depend on the type of cancer they have and how bad it is. Often the cancer will be beaten and your dog will go on to lead a perfectly normal life; other times your dog will need the chemotherapy for life.