We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Chemotherapy can be a daunting treatment for us to consider after a cancer diagnosis in our pets but understanding why and how chemotherapy works will make the decision to treat or not much easier. There are many forms of cancer and it can present in many different ways. Chemotherapy is a treatment that may be used on its own, or in conjunction with other treatments such as surgery. Chemotherapy drugs attack rapidly dividing cells in the body. Different drugs attack cells in various ways such as damaging a cell’s DNA or stopping a cells ability to divide. Since the drugs cannot differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells, side effects associated with chemotherapy must be taken into consideration.
Will chemotherapy make my pet sick?
If you know about human chemotherapy treatments and their side effects, then you may be worried that your pet will spend their treatment feeling unwell. In comparison to humans, pets generally experience fewer and less severe side effects because veterinary medicine uses lower doses of the chemotherapy agents.
What are some common side effects of chemotherapy for dogs?
Common tissues that are damaged by the chemotherapy drugs include the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and hair follicles.
Gastrointestinal side effects are generally mild but may include loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. These side effects usually self-resolve but may need to be treated with medications at home, and in severe cases, may require hospitalization.
Bone marrow suppression can result in low white blood cell counts which can leave your pet more susceptible to infection. It can also because low platelet counts that may present as unusual bleeding and bruising. Red blood cell counts may be lowered as well, resulting in lethargy and paleness of the mucous membranes. These side effects are temporary. If your pet is having chemotherapy, their blood will be closely monitored throughout the treatment and any changes to doses or intervals between treatments will be made as necessary to minimize the effect on the bone marrow.
If your pet will be treated with chemotherapy drugs that are known to commonly cause side effects, there may be medications prescribed to prevent them in advance of therapy. The severe side effects described above seldom occur, but your veterinarian will give you instructions on what to do if they do occur.
What is the cost of canine chemotherapy?
If you have any questions or concerns about chemotherapy, please do not hesitate to call Kamloops Veterinary Clinic.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic