Remember, your pet is an individual not a cancer diagnosis.
When attending your first consult with a veterinary oncologist, ask a friend to come along to help listen carefully and provide moral support.
Always bring along a way to take notes like pen, paper, or the notes section of your phone, because emotion can make you forget details you’ll need later.
Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion if it makes you more comfortable and gives you peace of mind.
If your veterinary oncologist or veterinarian does not welcome a second opinion, find a new veterinary professional.
You can find veterinary oncology specialists in your area by visiting ACVIM, Veterinary Cancer Society or vetspecialists.com
You and your veterinary professionals should team up for the benefit of your pet.
Write down the ten things your pet LOVES doing and do them!
Activity is a key component of wellness, just monitor for changes.
Keep a journal on your pet’s journey through cancer treatment, as it will help reveal important information to your veterinary team.
Cancer is a serious diagnosis, but always remember you did NOT cause your pet’s cancer.
Lots of discussion, but only a little science, exists on the use of supplements in human and veterinary cancers – seek professional advice because too little, or too much, could be harmful to your pet.
If you feel overwhelmed by a pet’s diagnosis, treatment, or loss, ask your veterinary professional for a referral to a pet grief counselor who can help.
Make your commitment to support research in comparative oncology because that’s how new treatments will be developed, and science research reveals new knowledge about cancer as a disease.