Veterinary oncology is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. At Wright Animal Hospital, we provide a variety of oncology services to diagnose and treat pets with cancer.
Cancer is an unrestrained growth of cells that destroys normal tissue as it grows. Some cancers are aggressive and may spread fairly quickly throughout the body, while other types are slow-growing and less likely to spread. It is typically an older age disease, but can affect a pet of any age. The good news is that cancer is also not always life-threatening, and many types are manageable or treatable for a very long time.
Our facility is equipped with the latest on-site technology and our capabilities include:
- Cytology — Cytology is a method of obtaining a sample using a small needle to extract cells from a tumor or tissue in order to evaluate the cells under a microscope. Often, the pet does not require any sedation and the procedure can be done to gain information prior to further treatment recommendations.
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- Biopsy — A biopsy is a way to get a sample of the growth to determine specifically what classification the cancer is. It may involve getting a small wedge or piece of the tumor or removing the entire growth to submit for evaluation.
- Surgery — Surgery can completely remove or debulk (reduce the size of) a tumor. Sometimes surgery alone can cure a patient and no other treatment will be needed. More often surgery results in reducing the size of the tumor to make further treatment more successful. Pets usually recover within 2 weeks and further treatment, if necessary, can be initiated after stitches are removed.
- Chemotherapy — Chemotherapy (or chemo) means treating the disease with medications. Each type of cancer has specific medications that may be effective for treatment. Chemo can be administered either by injection in the hospital or orally at home. We will discuss the protocol that is most appropriate for your individual pet and the potential side effects prior to starting the treatments. Animals tend to tolerate chemo better than people and often do not experience any side effects.
- Cryosurgery — Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal tissue. An advantage of cryosurgery is that it is less invasive than regular surgery, therefore pain, bleeding and other complications may be minimal. It can be less expensive than routine surgery and requires a shorter recovery time.
Our ultimate goal is to maintain your pet's quality of life to the best of our ability while treating its cancer. Please do not hesitate to call us at (847) 299-0135 with any questions or concerns at any time.