As with people, our cherished four-legged family members (particularly dogs) are just as prone to developing cancer, especially as they get older. While a cancer diagnosis is the last thing any pet parent wants to hear, there are a variety of cat and dog cancer treatment options available to lessen your pet’s symptoms and potentially eliminate their cancer. At Kenosha Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have access to exceptional tools and resources to thoroughly diagnose cancer in dogs and cats, and develop a treatment plan that works for every individual.
Sometimes, what seems like a regular illness might be something more.
Diagnosing Cat and Dog Cancers
Not all lumps are cancerous--with proper testing, we can determine whether a lump on your pet is cancerous or benign. If you notice any lumps on your dog or cat, please contact your veterinarian right away.
There are several critical things that will help guide our team towards an accurate diagnosis for your pet:
- Knowledge of your pet’s medical history
- A thorough physical examination
- Blood testing
- Possible radiographs (X-rays)
- Possible ultrasounds
- Cytology (extracting cells from a mass and viewing them under a microscope)
- Biopsy (removing a tissue sample from a mass and examining it under a microscope)
If further diagnostics, such as CT scan, MRI, or PET scan are needed, we can refer your pet to a qualified veterinary oncologist.