Making A Cancer Treatment Decision For Your Pet
How Do I Decide What the Best Cancer Treatment is for My Pet?
Your pet is a member of your family, and their health and comfort are deeply important to you. To give your cat or dog the best care and make the most appropriate cancer treatment decision, you need to have all of the facts. There are no right or wrong decisions when it comes to how you handle your pet’s cancer. It’s YOUR decision.
Talking about Pet Cancer with Your Veterinarian
We know that talking about cancer is hard. It’s important for you to be able to talk candidly and openly with your spouse, your family, and your pet’s cancer care team. If your pet has been diagnosed or has suspected cancer, we encourage you to plan ahead for the visit with your pet’s veterinarian. To help you better prepare, download the worksheet located on the right hand side of this web page. When preparing for a visit with your primary care veterinarian or specialist, you may want to bring a notebook so you have plenty of space to write down important information and conversation highlights. Doing so will help you later when you can refer back whenever needed. The “Talking to Your Veterinarian About Cancer” worksheet is loaded with important questions to ask and topics to discuss including:
- 1st Exam – Critical information to share with your veterinarian or specialist prior to your pet’s exam visit
- Upon Cancer Diagnosis – The questions to ask your veterinarian or specialist after your pet has received a cancer diagnosis
- Regarding Treatment Options – Important questions about cancer treatment options and how to make an appropriate decision for your dog or cat
- During Treatment – Questions and concerns to share with your vet about the cancer treatment itself
The “Talking to Your Veterinarian About Cancer” worksheet makes having the pet cancer conversation with your veterinarian easier, so you can focus your attention on what matters most – your pet. Download this resource now.
Have questions about your pet’s health and suspect cancer?
PetCure Oncology has a rapid-response center for pet parents like you who may be struggling with your dog or cat’s cancer diagnosis. Our full-time Pet Advocate Team is trained in veterinary oncology and ready to receive your phone calls, emails, or web form submissions with knowledge and compassion. They will help you understand the nature of your pet’s cancer diagnosis, discuss treatment options, and connect you with educational resources to better manage your pet’s care. We know these conversations aren’t easy to have, and new information brings even more questions. Our Pet Advocate Team is here to empower you with the tools necessary to navigate your pet’s cancer diagnosis, understand treatment options, and talk through your thoughts, concerns, questions and needs for your pet and family.