Understanding Cancer in Our Pets
Understanding cancer also means understanding what it is not. Neoplasia is the first sign of a problem—it refers to uncontrolled, abnormal cell growth, which becomes a neoplasm or tumor. The tumor can be benign (which is slow-growing and does not spread) or malignant (aggressive, unpredictable, and can spread and invade the surrounding tissues).
Neoplasia itself is not necessarily cancer, only malignant tumors are cancerous. Still, a benign tumor can cause significant damage to your pet, such as brain tumors which put a dangerous amount of pressure on brain tissue. Pet oncology enables us to treat both benign and malignant tumors.
At Blue Cross Pet Hospital, we understand that diagnosing cancer accurately is the first step to treating it effectively. We can perform extensive cytology and biopsies on skin and tissue to determine whether a growth is cancerous. Digital imaging such as radiology and ultrasound are both essential for determining a tumor’s location and size, and therefore treatment options. For further diagnostics, we have close relationships with local oncologists who can perform CT scans, MRIs, PET scans and more.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, we will develop a treatment plan with an oncologist. At our hospital, we can perform cancer surgeries and administer chemotherapy. Our team has years of experience administering chemotherapy, so your pet is in the best of hands. Additionally, we’ll help you keep your pet comfortable and happy during treatment with palliative care to suit their individual needs.
Cancer is a challenging disease to fight, but you and your pet are not alone. Our pet oncology is advanced and comprehensive, giving your pet the best chance at recovery.
Common cancers we diagnose in pets include:
- Squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer)
- Mast cell tumor
- Bone cancer
- Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
- Hemangiosarcoma (cancer of the blood vessels)
- Mast cell tumors