VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

Immunotherapy

Immunity is a term that describes a state of having sufficient biological defenses to avoid infection, disease or other unwanted biological invasion such as cancer. This defense is principally made up white blood cells and small protein cell-signaling molecules called cytokines. Thus the treatment of cancer or other disease by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response is called immunotherapy. This broad term includes the use of immunomodulators which are naturally derived and synthetic preparations such as vaccines and medications that can be used for the treatment of cancer.

Most immunotherapies are designed to stimulate the immune system. However the alternate approach, suppressing the immune system can also be used. An example of when immune suppression might be indicated is when trying to overcome the body's immune tolerance of cancer. A condition where tumor cells inhibit the natural immune system defenses in order to survive.

Although extensive research in this complex area of cancer treatment is being conducted, many studies are still ongoing and only few agents have proven to be safe and beneficial. Recently great attention has been placed on vaccines which are defined as a biologic preparation that contains a weakened agent of the disease (bacteria, virus, tumor cell) or constituent of it (DNA, RNA, protein) given to improve immunity. An example of such therapy for the treatment of cancer in animals is the DNA based canine melanoma vaccine used to mitigate the high risk of tumor metastasis.

One well known immunomodulator in human oncology is Rituximab an antibody therapy used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although animals develop cancers similar to humans they are not identical. Therefore, agents such as Rituximab are not beneficial across species.

Whenever possible adjunctive therapies such as vaccines or immunotherapy will be used as adjunctive therapy. Your veterinary oncologist will discuss with you if immunotherapy may be a benefit for your pet.

Departments

Internal Medicine, Oncology
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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (310) 473-2951 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY (NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED).

VCA WEST LOS ANGELES ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS LOCATED AT:

1900 S. SEPULVEDA BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90025
TEL: (310) 473-2951
Click here for directions to our location.

The doctors and staff of VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital are ready and available to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Staffed by emergency/critical care veterinarians and technicians, our emergency team is ready to provide your pet with the highest possible level of quality compassionate care should an urgent medical need arise at any time of day or night.

If you feel your pet is having an emergency, please feel free to immediately come to the hospital - we are ALWAYS available! You may speak with a member of the emergency team if you have questions/concerns by calling (310) 473-2951 at any time.

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