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Cancer is the number one cause of death in older dogs and number two killer of cats throughout the country and in Rancho Cucamonga. Alta Loma, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana, and the entire Inland Empire. Over the past 15 years, a great deal of research has been done on the treatment of cancer in animals. Today, there are many tumors that can be treated with great success using any number of modalities.
Each tumor type has a different prognosis for treatment. Certain tumors are benign in nature, meaning that they are unlikely to spread throughout the body and kill the pet. For these types of tumors, surgery is often times curative.
Other cancers are more aggressive and are considered malignant. They tend to spread from the original tumor into the surrounding tissues or to other parts of the body by traveling through the blood or lymphatic system. These cancers usually require chemotherapy or radiation therapy to treat successfully since we must prevent them from forming new tumors throughout the body.
At Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, CA , we offer the following cancer treatment modalities:
When we approach a cancer patient, our veterinarians will start with a complete physical examination, during which the doctor will evaluate the state of the patient, the extent of the cancer and any other anomalies that may influence treatment. Then we use a combination of blood and urine tests, radiography and ultrasonography to evaluate the status of the patients major organ systems as well as the presence of tumors within the body.
Once we have completed this evaluation, a biopsy of the tumor will be taken to determine its exact makeup. The sample is evaluated by an outside lab and the diagnosis is returned to us within a few days.
Knowing the nature of the tumor from the biopsy, we can develop a treatment plan based on experimental evidence from the veterinary literature. We should be able to discuss at that time, the prognosis for treatment as well as the possible complications associated with the program.
Although many cancers will ultimately take our pets from us, cancer treatment can be very rewarding for both the patients and their owners. With treatment, we are frequently able to add good quality life to our patients.
If you have a pet suffering from cancer, call our veterinarians at (909) 980-3575 for information on what we can do to help.