Cancer will touch 1 in 4 of our beloved pets. Cancer accounts for half the deaths in pets over 10 years. At Hurricane Animal Hospital, we no longer view cancer as the end of quality living. The most effective treatment of any disease is early diagnosis, and that’s just as true for cancer as any other condition. We recommend annual blood screening to monitor organ function for all pets starting at seven years of age. These early detection screenings are our first line of defense against most diseases in pets. We also perform complete examinations on our patients every visit and want to see them AT LEAST once a year for this exam until age seven and then every six months. Cancer can affect any area of the body and any body system. In dogs and cats, cancers are most common in the skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, blood, and/or bone.
- Any new lump or bump or swelling
- Difficulty going to the bathroom
- Weight loss
- Foul breath or drooling
- Any change in an existing lump or bump
- Bloody urine
- Limping or change in gait
- Lethargy or weakness
Our comprehensive cancer care focuses on quality of life. Our patient-specific protocols include methods to ensure any treatments we implement do not compromise your pet’s desire to eat, play, love, and live. LIVING with cancer is our focus, rather than concerning ourselves with just treating cancer.
We are with you every step! Our veterinarians work with veterinary oncologists, and together we develop the best plan of attack against cancer. We formulate plans that consider prognosis, convenience, comfort, and concurrent medical issues your pet may have. We monitor your pet’s progress and any side effects of the treatment and address all of your concerns. We understand the emotional impact of cancer, and we are committed to helping you navigate the options for your pet.