Our oncologist specializes in the most current methods to diagnosis and treat cancer while striving to preserve an excellent quality of life for the patient. The diagnostic process involves tests to identify the type of cancer as well as “staging” to determine whether or not the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Some of the diagnostic techniques that we use in the process may include digital radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans, tissue biopsies and cytologic examinations. The specific tests chosen will have the goal of gaining the maximal amount of information in the least invasive manner.
At Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, we will work with you, the pet owner, to make informed decisions every step of the way. We are proud to offer advanced medical and surgical oncology treatment options. Treatment recommendation is carefully tailored to the specific diagnosis and the individual patient in order to gain maximum benefit while maintaining the most comfort for your pet.
It is important to know that even in cases where the prognosis for a particular disease may not be favorable, palliative treatment options can be discussed which may help improve patient comfort and quality of life.
Some common signs of cancer in pets are:
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Non-healing sores
- Weight loss despite adequate food intake
Common cancers diagnosed in dogs and cats include:
- Mast cell tumor
- Mammary tumors
- Bladder tumors
- Soft tissue sarcomas