Oncology and Chemotherapy

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Our pets can develop benign or malignant tumors just like we can. The word "tumor" on its own can be a little scary, but not all tumors are life-threatening. At Temperance Animal Hospital, we have all the necessary skills and equipment for detecting, diagnosing and treating tumors in pets.

If your pet does receive a cancer diagnosis, we understand how stressful and upsetting this can be. Your pet occupies a very important place in your life--and your heart. While the situation may seem beyond your control, our team will help you take action and make the most appropriate choices towards your pet's treatment. There is always hope for recovery, and we will be here to support you every step of the way. 

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Common Types of Pet Cancer

Like humans, some animals may be more susceptible to developing cancer than others. However, there are several types that we commonly treat, including:

  • Lymphoma - lymphatic cancer
  • Mast cell tumors - skin tumors in dogs
  • Osteosarcoma - cancer that starts in the bones
  • Mammary tumors - breast cancer

Treating Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Detection is the first step in diagnosing a tumor. We offer various diagnostic tools for identifying and diagnosing tumors, along with several treatment options. Choosing a safe and effective treatment plan is our highest priority.  

Diagnostics

  • Digital X-ray and ultrasound - for detecting tumors and other growths
  • Blood screening - there is no special blood test that can tell us whether or not a pet has cancer, but certain tests can alert us to internal problems including unusually high blood cell count or elevated blood calcium levels
  • Biopsy - a surgical measure; involves removing a sample of cells or tissue from a growth for laboratory analysis
  • In-House Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) cytology - for sampling the composition of lumps and bumps by extracting cells, smearing them on a glass slide, then staining the specimen so we can view it under a microscope

We are proud to have a skilled team that can interpret cytologies and obtain quick, in-clinic results. Our licensed technicians have undergone additional training to become chemotherapy technicians and are highly involved with every cancer treatment we provide.

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Treatment Options

Once we have made the most accurate diagnosis possible, we will move into the treatment phase and work with you to choose the best options. Surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and referral for radiation therapy are treatments that we can utilize. In some cases, we may use more than one for optimal results. How your pet responds to treatment will dictate our next steps.

A cancer diagnosis does not have to be the end of the line for your pet. We are fully committed to your pet's well-being and making sure we leave no stone unturned in their treatment. If you have concerns about your pet's health and need answers, please call us right away at (734) 847-6751.

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The entire staff at TAH are so wonderful. Every time I have taken our dogs there we have received amazing care and service. Just recently we had a very frightening emergency with our youngest beagle. I went in hysterically crying and due to the nature of her injury we were there a long time deciding what to do. We were given all the time we needed, never being rushed. I love everyone there!
-Amy C.

Have been using Temperance Animal Hospital for the past 17 years. Always excellent care of my dogs.. I would highly recommend
-Pat R.

When I tell Darla annd Nora we're going to see Dr. Smith they act like kids going to Cedar Point they love it there
-Connie E.

Amazing staff who are incredibly educated and well informed. Top notch veterinary care!
-Sabrina M.

We took my beautiful, 20 year old cat in today, knowing he would probably have to be euthanized after suffering a stroke. We were heartbroken, of course, but the staff at TAH could not have been more caring and compassionate from the second we walked in the door.
They were sensitive to our pain, and so very respectful and caring with my baby. Thank you to the caring professionals who helped us today.

-Debbie G.

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