01 November 2017

How to Treat Feline Cancer | Cat Cancer: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Cancer

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is not as common as canine cancer but is often more aggressive and advanced when diagnosed as a pet owner you may be uncertain about how to move forward with treating your cat's cancer fortunately advancements in veterinary oncology have led to vastly improved knowledge about feline cancer and how best to treat it before proceeding with treatment take time to learn as much as you can about the diagnosis and treatment of feline cancer part 1 deciding whether to treat your cat's cancer step 1 evaluate your cats quality of life quality of life should play a major factor in deciding whether to treat your cat's cancer if your cat seems to be generally in good spirits and does not have unmanageable pain or severe cancer related symptoms she may be able to handle the rigors of cancer treatment however if her quality of life is suffering and she seems miserable treatment may not be the best option for her step 2 consider the cost of treatment treating feline cancer can be very expensive especially if you seek treatment by a veterinary oncologist for example diagnosis alone can cost several hundred dollars $500 to $800 depending

on the type of treatment that the oncologist recommends your cat's treatment could cost anywhere from about $800 to $6,000 step 3 discuss the requirements of care with your veterinarian treating your cat's cancer may involve frequent trips to your veterinarians office depending on the type of treatment determine if you would be able to manage frequent office visits with your work schedule part 2 taking your cat to your veterinarian step one observe your cats clinical signs cats often try to mask their clinical signs when they are sick as a tenth of a pet owner as you may be you may not immediately notice when your cat is feeling unwell unfortunately masking illness can make cancer detection difficult step 2 schedule an appointment with your veterinarian take your cat to your veterinarian as soon as you start to notice clinical signs you may not suspect cancer but your veterinarian can run various diagnostic tests to determine why your cat is ill when it comes to cancer early detection and diagnosis are key step 3 talk with your veterinarian if the diagnostic tests

reveal that your cat has cancer talk with your veterinarian about how to move forward he or she will understand that you will have a lot of questions and concerns about treating your cats cancer for example ask about the cost of cancer treatment which could range from several hundred to several thousand dollars part three exploring your treatment options step 1 discuss surgical tumor removal with your veterinarian surgery is a very common form of cancer treatment particularly for skin tumors and internal tumors with distinct borders among the various cancer treatment options it is considered most likely to be curative step to learn about chemotherapy chemotherapy is another common cancer treatment for feline cancer it is not curative rather chemotherapy is used to slow cancer cell growth and relieve clinical signs it is also used when surgery is not an option such as when the cancer has spread to other body parts step 3 ask your veterinarian about radiation therapy radiation therapy RT is another cancer treatment option for your cat it uses x-rays or electrons to kill cancer cells

RT is often used in combination with chemotherapy and may be used after surgery if the entire tumor could not be surgically removed part 4 caring for your cat at home step 1 feed your cat a healthy diet cancer can produce what is called cancer Kashi ixia malnutrition and severe weight loss even with an adequate amount of food being eaten cancer Kashyyyk SIA can get even worse if your cat has a loss of appetite because of the cancer and/or cancer treatment addressing your cat's nutritional needs during her cancer treatment is crucial to counteracting the Kashyyyk SIA and keeping her as healthy and strong as possible step 2 administer medications to relieve treatment side effects although your cat will likely experience only mild treatment side-effects she may still need additional medication to relieve her discomfort for example she may need pain medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs SADS and opioids step 3 take precautions to prevent drug exposure at home this is applicable if your cat is receiving chemotherapy treatment the drugs will be in your cats system for up to 72 hours

after drug administration so you will need to be extra careful when handling your cats waste and bedding after her treatment sessions step 4 administer at-home chemotherapy if you are administering chemotherapy to your cat at home it is extremely important to prevent your own exposure to the drugs for example you should wear gloves and refrain from eating drinking or chewing gum when giving her the drugs also double bag your gloves when you have finished administering the chemotherapy don't forget to subscribe our Channel and never miss another update [Music]