Pet Cancer Care:

Helping Annandale & Alexandria VA Pets to Win the Battle

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These days, veterinarians and pet owners know more about pet health and nutrition than ever before. As a result, our pets are living longer and facing different health challenges than the generations that preceded them. The good news is, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, we are much better able to diagnose and treat many diseases—including several forms of pet cancer.

The Facts

Half of senior dogs over the age of 10 will develop some form of cancer. Cats have a much lower risk; however, the cancers they develop are typically more aggressive.

One of the ways you can protect your pet from certain forms of cancer is through spaying or neutering. In females, this helps to protect against mammary and uterine cancer. In males, it prevents testicular cancer.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Should your pet be diagnosed with cancer, rest assured that we will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment. In addition to our highly-trained veterinarians, we have a network of board-certified oncologists we can refer patients to for consultations and specialized care when needed.

Depending on the type of cat or dog cancer, its location, and how far it’s progressed, veterinary surgery or chemotherapy treatments may be recommended. In many cases, we are able to provide these services at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital. This can be especially comforting for your pet, as he or she will receive treatment from trusted veterinarians and staff in a familiar environment.

If chemotherapy is needed, we will do everything we can to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible. Pet patients typically experience much milder side effects than their human counterparts. These usually consist of vomiting and diarrhea. Our veterinarians will prescribe pet medications as needed to treat these symptoms, and they will be available on-site through our pet pharmacy.