Is there hospice for dogs and cats?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology I came across a quote once that began, “In our dogs, we see ourselves…” I believe that it’s true and often most true, when they grow old and become ill. Their accelerated lives are frightful reminders that one day, you and I will grow old. Maybe we will die of […]

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Do Golden Retrievers get cancer?

Dr. Kim Freeman, DACVIM Oncology Who doesn’t love a Golden Retriever? Their soft, shiny coat and big goofy smiles always bring a smile to my face. They are so happy and loving! But, did you know that about 60% of Goldens get cancer? This is higher than the average risk for cancer in the entire […]

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The Truth About Chemotherapy in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology When your pet is diagnosed with cancer, hearing the word ‘chemotherapy’ as a treatment option can be scary. The truth is that chemotherapy can often improve or maintain quality of life in dogs and cats, but it’s not for every pet or for every owner. Here’s what I tell […]

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Part 2: Detection of cancer in dogs and cats: “I think we caught it early!”

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology Here are the top 4 ways to be a proactive participant in your dog’s or cat’s health care and be the best advocate for your pet when on the lookout for cancer. 1. Develop an early detection plan with your veterinarian. Ask your family veterinarian about developing a routine […]

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Part 1: Detection of cancer in dogs and cats: “I think we caught it early!”

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology As is true for humans, cancer is a common disease in pets. It is estimated that 25% of all dogs and nearly 50% of dogs over 10 will die of cancer. Even before you have had a pet diagnosed with cancer, it pays to be educated about detecting cancer […]

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Want to know about treatment options for your dog’s or cat’s cancer? Vocabulary Part 3

The job of your oncologist is to determine what the best treatment options are for your dog or cat. Sometimes just one treatment modality is advised. Other times, a combination of treatments are recommended. This will all depend on the tumor grade, stage, and other health issues your dog or cat might have. Surgery – […]

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When your dog or cat has cancer: Vocabulary Part 2

What are the Main Different Types of Cancer: Carcinoma – This refers to a malignant tumor that is derived from skin tissue, glandular tissue, or tissue that lines an organ (ex: intestines, urinary bladder). Sarcoma – This refers to a malignant tumor that is derived from connective tissue, such as bone, cartilage, or fibrous connective […]

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When your dog or cat has cancer: Vocabulary Part 1

If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with cancer, it can turn your world upside down. Many of my clients are suddenly thrown into a state of shock and panic. No matter your experience, you will be bombarded with various new terminology that can be confusing and stressful. To help you wade through all […]

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My dog or cat has been diagnosed with cancer. What do I do?

By Dr. Alison Book, DACVIM Oncology Has your dog or cat recently been diagnosed with cancer? I know this news can be shocking, especially if your dog or cat seems otherwise healthy. Often, dogs and cats show no major symptoms, could have normal blood work, and may not even show signs of pain or discomfort. […]

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Staying Afloat

Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists invites all veterinarians and their staff to a free workshop Staying Afloat: Managing Compassion Fatigue, Maximizing Compassionate Care GUEST SPEAKER: Carrie La Jeunesse, DVM, CT, CCFE Dr. La Jeunesse received her DVM from University of California School of Veterinary Medicine which was followed by a small animal internship at Washington […]

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