Frequently Asked Questions by Clients
Will my pet be sick on chemotherapy?
Dogs and cats seem to tolerate chemotherapy much better than people, so it is unlikely that your pet will be extremely nauseated or be vomiting. Occasionally, an animal will be more sensitive, and in those cases appropriate steps are taken to minimize side effects.
Will my pet be bald?
Cats and most dogs will not become bald from chemotherapy as their hair is not continuously growing. Fur that is shaved may not regrow while on chemotherapy, and fur in the radiation treatment field may or may not grow back, or may grow back white. Certain breeds, such as poodles and Old English sheepdogs, may lose the majority of their hair during chemotherapy. When hair is lost during chemotherapy, it will typically grow back when chemotherapy is finished. Cats and dogs will lose their whiskers during chemotherapy.
Is my pet just going to be sick and miserable for the rest of his life if I treat him?
Our intention is to cure your pet of cancer, or, failing that, to give them as much good quality time with you as possible.
If I come in for a consultation, do I have to treat my pet's cancer?
No. Our job as oncologists is to give you the most accurate information available on what you can expect with various treatment options, and to give you recommendations for treatment of your pet's cancer. The final decision on which, if any, treatment option is chosen belongs to the pet's family.
Is treating cancer expensive?
Some treatments are more expensive than others. When the oncologist discusses treatment options, they will also provide expected costs associated with those treatments.