Caring for Pets Diagnosed with Cancer

Having your pet receive a cancer diagnosis can be a devastating and stressful experience. Even if caught in its earliest stages, the very word ‘cancer’ can induce panic. Whitney Veterinary Hospital is fully committed to caring for your pet and helping you both through this difficult situation. As beloved family members, our pets are more than companion animals—they play a significant role in our lives, and deserve the best treatment available. We’re pleased to offer pet oncology and pet chemotherapy services to help with pet cancer care for our four-legged patients. 

Man hugging his dog: Pet Cancer in Peoria

Our Pet Oncology Services

Treating cancer in pets often yields fewer, less extreme side effects and is relatively safer than human cancer treatment. Naturally, the best results can be achieved through early diagnosis and an effective treatment plan that meets all of your pet’s individual needs. Pet oncology services we provide at our animal hospital include:

  • Thorough physical examination
  • Blood work (cancer staging)
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Lymph node aspirate
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Chemotherapy (as recommended)
  • Surgery (as recommended)

Treatment depends on the individual diagnosis. There are various forms of cancer that can affect our pets, such as:

  • Melanoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Mast cell tumors
  • Leukemia

How Does Pet Chemotherapy Work?

Pet chemotherapy involves the injection of a combination of drugs designed to destroy specific cancer cells. Combinations vary depending on the pet’s health and type of cancer. Over time, we’ll modify their chemotherapy protocol to produce the best results and the mildest side effects. Throughout this process, we keep pet owners informed of the status of their loved one, along with any further treatments that may be necessary. Our primary goal is improving your pet’s quality of life and giving you both more time to spend together.

We’re Here for You

Caring for a pet that has cancer is stressful and emotionally draining, but you and your pet don’t have to go through this alone. We’re always here to help you and offer our support in any way that we can. If your pet is having health issues that you suspect could be cancer-related, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (309) 685-4707.

Cat on a table: Pet Cancer in Peoria