At VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, we understand how confusing and stressful it is for pet owners when their pets have been diagnosed with cancer and we are here to replace that fear with knowledge and hope. We strive to be a source of information and strength for you and your pet and we are dedicated to helping you make an informed treatment decision so that we may improve the quality of life for all pets with cancer.
Why a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
Veterinary oncologists have extensive training, including internships and residencies, and must pass rigorous examinations to achieve their certification. In addition, veterinary oncologists have specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of a treatment plan and the administration of chemotherapy. Because their focus is exclusively devoted to the treatment of cancer, your pet is likely to have a better outcome when managed from the start by an oncologist.
Why the Oncology Services at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center?
Our board-certified oncologists are experts at diagnosing and treating cancer because their sole focus is cancer. Our oncologists tailor the treatment protocol for your pet’s specific cancer and potential concurrent medical conditions to optimize the outcome and minimize side effects. At VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, our goal is for patients to have fewer complications and lead normal, happy lives.
In addition to your oncologist, our facility has a team of specialists, who can assist in the treatment and care of your pet. Because of our team approach to fighting cancer, our oncologists can help your pet by developing treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options:
- Radiation Treatment
Services we provide for your pet:
- Melanoma Vaccine
- Advanced Imaging
- Consultation for radiation therapy
- Pain management
- Nutritional support
- 24-hour Emergency Care
Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?
Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness.
While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.
My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?
Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most important points for you to review later. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.
- Common Cancers
- Skin tumors
- Mammary tumors
- Endocrine tumors
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.
Did You Know?
Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets.
Meet our Medical Oncologist