Chemotherapy for Dogs

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the treatment of disease by the use of chemical substances, especially the treatment of cancer by cytotoxic drugs.

What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is often well received by canine patients – 80% of pets have no side effects while the 20% of patients that do have side effects are typically not severe. Some side effects that can occur include nausea, vomiting, dehydration, decreased appetite, and lethargy.

Safety Precautions

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to safety precautions for you after your pet has received chemotherapy. Excretions such as urine, feces, and vomit from your pet can be hazardous. To minimize exposure, gloves should be worn when handling feces or urine for at least 72 hours after your pet has received treatment. Pregnant, breastfeeding or immunosuppressed individuals should avoid contact with the pet and the pet’s waste for at least 72 hours after the pet receives chemotherapy.


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