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Chemotherapy for Dogs

As our companion animals live longer and as we learn more about cancer, we realize that we can have some reasonable success in the treatment or palliative therapy of cancer in dogs. In many cases, your veterinarian may refer your dog to a specialist for consultation and to set up a treatment protocol. Most follow up treatments can be performed as outpatient procedures here at Van Isle Veterinary hospital and your veterinarian will work closely with the oncologist for your dog’s most successful outcome.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the treatment of illness by chemical means. Depending on the type of cancer, your veterinarian may use a single agent or a combination of drugs. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with the surgical removal of various cancers. Chemotherapy is often used to extend and improve the quality of your dog’s life, however remission is not always the goal.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick, common side effects?

Chemotherapeutic drugs do have potential side effects however, we tend not to treat as aggressively as in human medicine in hopes of maintaining a quality of life. Common side effects can be vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and or bone marrow suppression.

How is it given?

Most chemotherapy agents are administered either orally, intravenously or subcutaneously (injection under the skin). Most patients are admitted to the hospital for a short period of time to be closely monitored during treatment. Typically, a blood count is done prior to treatment and some dogs may also receive anti-nauseant medications. During treatment, technicians and doctors are required to wear protective gear such as gloves, masks and safety glasses while handling chemotherapy drugs. Due to potential exposure, owners will be advised of the proper handling of your pet’s saliva, vomitus, urine and feces.

Cost of Canine Chemotherapy?

The cost of canine chemotherapy can vary greatly depending on the type of cancer being treated and the protocol recommended by your veterinarian and referring oncologist. Most referral cases will receive a quote prior to treatment.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital