We understand that a diagnosis of cancer in your pet can be tremendously upsetting and it’s important to know that, with the advances in treatment available today, more cancers in dogs and cats can be successfully treated than ever before.
It’s also good to know that at BEVS we have a board-certified veterinary oncologist—a veterinarian who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer in pets. Dr. Joanna Schmit leads a skilled oncology team that will guide you through every step of diagnosis and treatment with compassion and respect.
At BEVS, we believe that your pet’s quality of life is the most important consideration in choosing a course of treatment. During your initial consultation, Dr. Schmit will examine your pet, perform any additional diagnostic testing necessary, and explain treatment options. Together, we’ll agree on a plan that best meets your pet’s needs as well as your family’s personal and financial situation.
We also believe that pain management and palliative care are an essential part of cancer treatment. We make every effort to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible while under our care.
The types of cancer we treat
The BEVS veterinary oncology team has the expertise to treat a wide range of cancers, both common and rare. Among the types of cancer we see most frequently in dogs and cats are:
- Mast Cell Tumors
- Gastrointestinal Cancers
- Anal Gland Tumors
- Soft-tissue sarcoma
- Thyroid cancer
The cancer care services we offer
We use the full range of leading-edge methods currently available to treat cancer in pets. They can be used alone or in combination, depending on your pet’s situation, and include:
Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor is often the first line of cancer treatment. BEVS’ Oncology team works closely with our board-certified veterinary surgeon to plan surgical treatment.
Chemotherapy uses specialized drugs to kill cancer cells. Unlike humans, most pets have little to no side effects from chemotherapy. Any decrease in appetite or mild digestive issues that may occur are typically easily managed with at-home medications. Plus, while some pets may have mild thinning of their fur with chemo, most do not lose their hair.
- Radiation therapy
This uses precisely focused beams of radiation to kill cancer cells. While radiation therapy is not currently available on-site at BEVS, our oncology staff is trained in the modality and provides consultation and referral to a radiation oncologist, when indicated.
- Pain management
Appropriate pain management is essential for your pet’s quality of life during cancer treatment. This may include:
- Traditional medication, usually given orally
- Physical therapy to help maintain your pet’s strength, mobility, and morale
- Acupuncture to improve quality of life and minimize any side effects from chemotherapy
Contact BEVS about cancer care
To make a referral or schedule a consultation with BEVS’ oncology specialist, simply call us at 802-863-2387.