Cancer, Chemo and Wagging Tails

Cutter had cancer treatment at Georgia pet hospital.

Cutter clearly loving his new lease on life.

Meet Cutter. This handsome boy loves life, travel, and now – one and a half years since his initial diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy treatment for cancer of the tonsils – walking and running more than a mile a day.

Most pet parents are shocked to learn that chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which often make humans sick from their side effects, don’t cause the same suffering in pets. Since November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to show you how different cancer treatment can be for our four-legged friends.

A case in point is Luna, a 6-year-old bulldog mix. After three weeks of radiation therapy to treat a mast cell tumor on her leg, she had zero hesitation about getting her treatment. Our team members loved watching her tear through our midtown Manhattan hospital,  eager to start radiation therapy. Thankfully, this lovable goofball now has a clean bill of health.

As for chemotherapy, the dosage administered to pets aims for both longevity as well as quality of life. The lower dosage means typically pets don’t experience the negative side effects associated with chemotherapy in humans. Kirby, a 10-year-old schnauzer, proves it. You can see a video of Kirby, on chemotherapy, playfully running around.

We know a diagnosis of cancer is scary, but we want you to know there are options for your pet that could give you more time together. If your dog or cat has cancer, and you want to see what will work best for you and your pet, ask your family veterinarian for a referral to see a veterinary oncologist.