Cancer can be a scary diagnosis for pet owners, in today’s veterinary blog, Dr. Carrie Hume outlines what to expect when visiting WestVet’s Animal Cancer Center.

It is a fairly common diagnosis for cats and dogs, but treating cancer in pets is highly individualized depending on breed, age, gender, and past medical treatments. We asked Veterinary Oncologist Dr. Carrie Hume to outline the basics of what  to expect when visiting WestVet for animal cancer treatment:

“For your first appointment, I begin with your pet’s medical history. WestVet Animal Cancer Treatment Center with Dr. Carrie HumeThe owner and I discuss the past medical history and what changes he/she has noticed in their pet more recently. We go over any tests that have already been performed and talk about additional testing that may be indicated.

There are several tests that I routinely perform to confirm a diagnosis of cancer.  A needle can be used to obtain cells from masses/tumors found on the outside or inside of the body. Internal organs can be visualized with x-rays, ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans. Blood and urine can be analyzed to assess organ function and to look for cancerous cells that may be circulating in the blood.

The results of these tests often determine the extent of cancer and often dictate what treatment options are available. Once all of the information is collected, the owner and I discuss all of the treatment options and decide what plan is best for that particular pet.

If you are concerned that your pet is coughing extensively, has suddenly developed lumps or bumps under the skin, or has been ill for some time, it is always appropriate to consult your family veterinarian for an exam.”

Dr. Carrie Hume works closely with veterinarians around the Treasure Valley and Intermountain West. She utilizes the highest level of veterinary diagnostic tools and imaging services available in the industry at our hospital. In addition, our on-site WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory provides timely results for patients diagnosed with cancer or undergoing cancer treatments.

If you have any questions about veterinary oncology care and treatment options, you may call WestVet at 208.375.1600.

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