Finding out that your pet has cancer can be an incredibly difficult experience. Determining what treatment plan to follow is a daunting task and it’s normal to be nervous when you decide on the best path regarding your pet. Pet owners often feel uncontrollable and are looking for ways to improve their pet’s chances of survival in their treatment plans. Although the majority of these options aren’t harmful, there are times when the best intentions of a pet owner can not be aware of the potential for a negative impact on their pet’s health. Here are some suggestions on the things you should avoid while undergoing treatment for cancer to ensure the best results for your pet’s treatment.
Do not start your pet with any medications or supplements prior to speaking with your veterinarian’s primary vet and/or cancerologist.
It is possible to begin your pet’s treatment with supplements and vitamins, or any other drugs as part of your program to help boost their body’s protection against cancer, and to help them during their treatment. Many supplements are not subject to approval for their content. They may be advertised by their label as “natural,” could negatively affect your pet’s medication, decreasing the benefits of chemotherapy and damaging the system of your pet.
People who own a home health care business are often shocked to discover that a portion of the chemotherapy medications we take are made from plants, and therefore are considered natural substances. The effects of interactions between different natural substances, such as with conventional medicine and alternative medicine/supplements, are unpredictable at best. Veterinarians who aren’t able to ensure that mixing them will not cause the treatment failing or causing harm will be honest about their concerns and provide advice on the best way to proceed.
Read the article Dietary Supplements and Treatment for Cancer A Potentially Risky Mixture for more information about possible negative interactions between chemotherapy and supplements.
Do not feed your pet too much.
Some animals with cancer, particularly cats, display signs of a deficiency in appetite throughout treatment. This happens because of the nature of the disease and also in response to prescribed treatment. In such cases, vets often lift the usual restrictions on food intake for companion animals , allowing owners to provide a greater range of food options, which includes normally restricted menu items such as fast food and other types of “people” food items. However, for animals whose appetite is not altered by treatments, feeding or supplying them with food items that they is not likely to consume can cause stomach upset that could be a sign of adverse effects from treatment, causing confusion as to how to proceed. Pets can also easily become overweight , even in the absence of excessive feeding and can cause a recurrence of injuries to the joints and result in other health issues, such as heart disease and pain which can result in a decrease in the quality of the pet’s living.
Although it’s normal to wish for your dog to be in a good mood through this time of stress but it’s much better to shower your pet with affection as well as playtime and entertainment and to avoid overwhelming it by feeding them calorie-rich “comfort” food items.
HTML0 Don’t be a lonely.
There will be people who may question the wisdom of treating your pet’s cancer, saying that you’re selfish or causing your pets pain. Personally, I’ve heard many times that treating pets suffering from cancer is akin to “torturing” the animals. This kind of harsh judgement can be a source of isolation, and cause you to think twice about your decisions and intentions. It is important to know that there are thousands of pet owners who prefer to take care of their pets just like you do and can be your most reliable sources for information and listening boards to voice your worries, questions and frustrations.
The owners of pets who undergo treatment for cancer are more than happy to offer insight and suggestions to pet owners looking into their choices. It can be in person or on the Internet. For instance, Tripawds is an online community for pet owners of pets that have three (or less!) limbs . It is a fantastic resource for owners contemplating the possibility of limb removal for bone tumors.
Avoid in the pet park (but only during the timeframes outlined by your vet Oncologist).
Pets that receive chemotherapy might see temporary decreases in the white blood cell count during specific times after the treatment. In these instances, when immunity is affected the animals are more prone to getting ill. Although the risk of illness is not high but there are occasions in which your pet may encounter new pathogens. This could mean missing an outing to the groomer or dog park or keeping your normally outdoors-oriented cat inside for a brief period of time. Additionally, keeping anxiety levels as little as possible during times when your pet might have diminished immune defenses is of the utmost importance. This means that you should limit your guests at home (two or four-legged) when your pet is known to get anxious in these circumstances, and avoiding the need to board your pet in case you choose to travel (get an animal sitter to stay at your house instead) or taking your pet along with you instead of abandoning them in their own home when they are inclined towards separation anxiety.
Although physical issues could cause negative impact on your pet’s overall health but the most important thing to remember is that the change is only short-lived and will last only for a couple of days following specific medical treatments your pet is given.
HTML0 Don’t be intimidated to ask your vet any questions.
There’s a good chance that you’ll have a lot of questions regarding your pet’s health as well as treatment plan, so it’s crucial to get the questions or concerns taken care of as swiftly and efficiently as you can. It’s likely that you won’t be able to be able to think of everything in a moment, which is why recording them as they arise is crucial.
Although the internet can be an excellent resource, the internet writers are not acquainted with your pet’s individual needs. Your vet and/or veterinary surgeon is the best source for your questions. It is important to never think that your concerns are not important and if you’re concerned that you or your pet’s needs aren’t being addressed, let them know your concerns. This will allow your to be able to take most informed choices regarding your pet’s health and feel secure in the process.
Some questions to be considered:
- What is the specific type of cancer my pet suffers from and in which part of the body can it be found?
- What symptoms should I be looking for to identify signs of the progression of my disease?
- How can I tell when my pet has an allergic reaction to treatment?
- Do I have anything I can do in my home at home to support my pet during treatment? And which are “triggers” I need to utilize when I must contact my veterinarian?
- What will be the estimated cost of treatment and subsequent tests?