Cancer Treatment

General Services

Cancer Treatment

Cancer is a common and serious disease. Many pet owners have had or will have personal experience with cancer in themselves, a family member, or a close friend. At All Creatures, we offer treatment for a range of pet cancers.

Maintaining the highest quality of life for the longest period of time is always our aim in cancer management in companion animals. Our vets will always take emotional and financial factors into consideration and we understand that decisions relating to cancer treatment are often difficult.

At All Creatures we aim to provide a knowledgeable, unbiased assessment of the condition and a frank discussion of options sufficient to permit an informed decision. We will aim for a cure to attempt permanent control of the tumor using aggressive but not excessively debilitating treatments. When dealing with cancers in veterinary medicine, a cure basically means that the particular cancer will be controlled for at least one year following treatment. If the best available information suggests this is not possible, palliative therapy may be considered.

Palliative treatment aims to keep your pet comfortable for as long as possible or to reduce difficulties such as swallowing, urinating or defecating without attempting to cure the tumor. We understand that the length of time is not as important as the quality of the time remaining for the pet. We will aim to support you as best we can through what can be a difficult and challenging time for you and your pet.

The most common malignant cancers we see in pets include -

  • Canine Lymphosarcoma (LSA)
  • Pet lymphoma
  • Mast cell tumours
  • Pet Osteosarcoma
  • Pet Melanoma
  • Basal cell carcinomas
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Haemangioma and haemangiosarcoma in dogs
  • Chondrosarcoma of the bone in dogs
  • Insulinoma
  • Mammary adenocarcinoma
  • Transitional cell tumour of the bladder
  • Hepatic carcinoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Synovial sarcoma
  • Tumours of the ear canal 

Treatments we offer include:-

  • Cryosurgery
  • Multimodal chemotherapy including anti cancer drugs such as vincristine, doxorubicin, carboplatin, bisphosphonates, piroxicam, prednisolone, cis-platinum, cyclophosphamide, cytosine and chlorambucil
  • Newer drugs for mast cell tumours such as Palladia and Mastinib Oncept is an exciting new vaccine to treat canine oral melanoma. Oncept IL-2 is available for cats with fibrosarcoma Palliative care - pain relief, holistic treatments High quality diets - we can provide a special diet that will feed the patient but starve the cancer!
  • Wide surgical excision
  • Amputation
The aim of these treatments, including chemotherapy is to preserve the highest quality of life possible.

Chemotherapy can be a terrifying thought for many pet owners. To obtain any benefit from chemotherapy it is necessary to use doses that can result in some unpleasant effects on normal tissues. The most common side effects of chemotherapy in pets include stomach upset resulting in a reduced appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. These effects are generally mild and self-limiting but may require symptomatic treatment or hospitalization in some instances. Unlike people, pets generally do not loose their hair.

Many pets with cancer do tolerate chemotherapy very well although many chemotherapy drugs are expensive.

Coming soon - There is currently a peptide vaccine in stage III clinical trials for metastatic melanoma. A peptide is a small portion of protein present in the surface of melanoma cancer cells The vaccine works by stimulating the patient’s immune response to recognize the protein and destroy the tumor cells. The vaccine is often given in combination with other agents that activate the immune system.

A research bacterial vaccine that will treat canine osteosarcoma is also showing some very encouraging results. US company Aratana produces AT-004, a canine-specific monoclonal antibody that is used as an aid in the treatment of B-cell lymphoma in dogs.