A cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be devastating when you’ve got the right team in your corner.

Many pet owners are surprised to learn that cancer is one of the most common medical conditions affecting companion animals – particularly those that are over the age of 10 years. And while certain breeds are more genetically predisposed to developing cancer, it’s a disease that can affect just about any pet at any time. The team at Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of cancers.

Some of the signs your pet may exhibit that may indicate the presence of
cancer include, but are not limited to:

• Lumps or bumps, on or beneath the skin
• Decreased appetite
• Sudden weight loss
• Lethargy
• Pain
• Difficulty urinating or defecating
• Coughing
• Changes in mood or personality
• Unusual behavior

Routine Cancer Screenings

As your companion grows older, even if there are no outward signs of a problem, it’s important that you bring them in for routine health screenings every 6 – 12 months. This allows us to run detailed diagnostic tests to help us determine whether there is anything present that we should be concerned about. As with humans, the earlier we diagnose and treat cancer in pets, the better the outcome.

Cancer Treatment Options

There are a number of different ways we can treat cancer in companion animals, from chemotherapy and radiation to immunotherapy and surgery – or some combination of these. The chosen path will ultimately depend on your pet’s specific situation. For instance, age and current health status as well as the type of cancer, how much it has progressed all play a role. We will work with you to help you make the best decision for your family. Our goal will always be to help your loved one maintain the highest quality of life for as many years as possible.

Most importantly, we want you to know that we understand how difficult this time is for you and your family. We want to remind you that you’re never alone. At any time, should a question or concern cross your mind, we encourage you to give us a call so we can talk it through. Whatever the outcome, the team at Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital will be there to partner with you for every step along this difficult journey.