Pet Owner FAQs
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about cancer care for pets. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to ask – we want you to be informed and empowered.
A diagnosis of cancer in your pet can certainly leave you feeling helpless. One way to feel more in control of your pet’s situation is to be proactive and consult with a cancer specialist (an ongologist). Call either of our locations, and schedule a consultation with the oncologist to discuss your pet’s diagnosis. You will get the information you need to make the best decisions for your pet’s care. The oncologist will let you know your options and work hard to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your goals.
You can usually schedule your initial appointment within one week. However, there are times when there may not be an appointment available until the following week. Rest assured, if you require a visit quickly due to your pet’s diagnosis or condition, we will make sure you are scheduled appropriately.
This generally is not necessary. Once you have scheduled your appointment, our client care coordinator will contact your veterinarian and request a copy of your records with all pertinent test results.
Initially, a technician will meet with you and collect a history of your pet’s current condition. He/she will then summarize this information for the oncologist. The oncologist will review the record and discuss your pet’s diagnosis and treatment options with you. At this time, the oncologist will recommend any additional diagnostic tests that will aid in the management of your pet’s cancer. We are usually able to administer the first dose of chemotherapy at your first visit if you choose to move forward. Exceptions to this would be a pet who has just had surgery, or if there is an important diagnostic test pending.
Most appointments are scheduled for 30 to 60 minutes. Generally, your initial consultation will be scheduled for one hour. Your pet may be at the hospital for longer if additional tests need to be performed or if treatment is initiated. Follow-up chemotherapy visits are usually 30 minutes.
Most treatment appointments are once every one to three weeks, depending on the treatment protocol. There are also some protocols that require a visit once every six to eight weeks. At the initial visit, the oncologist will explain which treatment protocols are appropriate for your pet’s cancer.
Yes. At your initial visit, the oncologist will thoroughly discuss your pet’s diagnosis and your options with you. At follow-up visits, you will usually speak with a veterinary technician first to give an update on how your pet is doing, the oncologist will then discuss that visit’s plan with you and the recommended next steps.
We strongly encourage you to maintain an active relationship with your veterinarian. We will send them a copy of each visit’s notes and keep them up-to-date on your pet’s progress. You will continue to see your veterinarian for all primary care and general health needs.