Cancer Treatment

No one wants to think about the possibility of their pet being afflicted with cancer. Unfortunately, as your pet ages, the risk of developing some forms of cancer increases. The good news is that, depending on the form of this disease, there are many methods of diagnosis and treatment that can give a good quality of life.

Some forms of cancer may be treated with surgical removal, and/or chemotherapy. In others, the goal may be to manage the effects of cancer, and treat to alleviate pain. Drs. Morin and Buller have experience in certain types of chemotherapy which can be provided on site. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, we take the time to go over the diagnosis, the treatment options, and the potential side effects. Together with you, we help to decide on the best course of treatment. If needed, we will recommend referral to a specialist.

When the diagnosis of cancer touches your family, we understand that you need to know all your pet’s options. At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital we offer a team approach to diagnosis, management and treatment of many types of cancer. We offer advanced non- invasive diagnostic techniques, soft tissue surgery and some chemotherapy on site.

For your pet’s comfort we may also suggest placing a vascular port for those animals that might require several intravenous injections over many months time. Please refer to our section on vascular ports.

At our hospital, our main goal with respect to cancer treatment is offering your pet quality of life. In these situations, you are your pet’s partner. Our goal is to reduce suffering, while assisting with these difficult decisions.

Vascular Ports

Vascular ports are permanent catheters that are placed into a blood vessel, and hidden under the skin. They are placed in pets that require frequent intravenous treatments.

Above, the yellow circle illustrates a slight bump where the port is embedded under the skin of his dog.

The ports come in different sizes to fit the individual pet.

The diagram (above) shows a needle penetrating the rubber seal. This allows injections with many anti cancer medications without placing a new IV catheter in the pet with each new chemo cycle. This significantly reduces the stress and discomfort placed upon your pet.