Cancer Grief

Predicting Survival Times for Cancer

As pet lovers, a diagnosis of cancer in our pets is devastating. One of the many questions we always ask is what is the prognosis, how long with my beloved pet live. The answer is complicated and very difficult to provide. There are several factors to consider when attempting to estimate survival time. Even the […]

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Brain Tumors in Pets

Brain tumors usually occur in older animals. They are more common in dogs than in cats. These tumors often metastasize from other cancers in the body. The most common brain tumor is called meningioma. It is slow-growing and gets its name from the meninnges, a membrane which covers the brain and spinal cord. Other types […]

Cancer Dog Health

Treating Chemotherapy Side Effects

Dogs generally tolerate chemotherapy much better than humans. One of the reasons is that because of a dog’s size, the dosage is lower. However, some dogs do suffer side effects. Dr. Susan Ettinger, a veterinary oncologist at the Animal Specialty Center in New York and co-author with Dr. Demian Dressler of the Dog Cancer Survival […]

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Basal Cell Tumors in Pets

A basal cell tumor is a slow-growing skin tumor found in the structures of the skin such as hair follicles and their subaceous and sweat glands. Basal cell tumors are more common in older cats and long-haired cats. They are less common in dogs where they are usually found on the head and neck. Basal […]

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When euthanasia goes wrong

My 180 pound Alaskan Malamute was taken to Three Trails Animal Hospital on December 10, 2012, where Dr. Rhodes’ opinion was that Grizz had lymphoma. I left with a prescription for prednisone, and no hope. In the early morning hours of December 21, Grizz could no longer walk, so in a few hours myself, roommate, […]


Clinical Trial for Dogs with TCC

9/2014 Urinary transitional cell carcinoma, known as TCC, is a common tumor of the urinary bladder in dogs. The usual therapy for TCC includes the use of a chemotherapy drug (mitoxantrone) and piroxicam, a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). This combination has not proved very effective. Researchers have now opened a clinical study to evaluate a […]


Overcoming Resistance to Chemo in Canine OSA

Canada’s Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph with the aid of Pet Trust awards is researching cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy in canine osteosarcoma (OSA). OSA is a very aggressive and painful form of bone cancer. Even with aggressive treatments, OSA can spread rapidly to the lungs and other organs. Prognosis is poor for most […]

Cancer Cat Health

Possible Link Between PBDEs and Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer in humans and hyperthyroidism in cats are on the rise. Hyperthyroidism in cats is usually caused by a benign tumor. The link between the diseases appears to be PBDEs (poloybrominated diphenyl ethers) used as flame retardants in many types of consumer products such as furniture, pajamas, other clothing and so on. Samples of […]

Cancer Pet Health

Should Your Pet Undergo Chemotherapy

As pet parents, we are sometimes asked to make life-altering decisions for our furpals. These days, cancer is affecting more and more of our pets. Fortunately there are a variety of treatments available to provide our pets with longer, quality lives. Most types of cancer can metastasize to other parts of the body from the […]

Cancer Cat Health

Tail Vaccinations for Cats

The figures given for injection site sarcomas are 1 to 10 cats per every 10,000 vaccinations administered. The mortality rate from these sarcomas is high. Lipomas (non-cancerous lumps) can occur more frequently at vaccination sites. Surgical removal of the cancers is recommended. However it is difficult to operate or achieve wide enough margins in certain […]