Unfortunately, cancer is common in our pets. Signs can range from skin and mouth lumps to weight loss, reduced appetite, coughing or increased thirst. Any skin lump should be checked promptly to ensure there is no evidence of cancer. Samples can be taken during a normal consult. These are often examined in our in-house laboratory so results can be available by the following day.
If your pet does get cancer, we will take the time to discuss all the options with you. These options can range from palliative care with pain relief, to surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. In some cases surgery can provide a complete cure.
We appreciate that many people have had personal experience of cancer, often with family or friends and therefore we provide support at all times. Chemotherapy in veterinary medicine is very different to that in humans. The emphasis is on maintaining or returning quality of life. A variety of chemotherapy protocols are provided by Oakham Veterinary Hospital, however if your pet would benefit from referral to a veterinary cancer specialist or to a centre with radiotherapy then this is a further option.
If any of our patients suffer uncontrollable clinical signs due to their chemotherapy, then the protocol is altered or stopped. At all times, their enjoyment of life is paramount.