Like us, our cat family members can get cancer. Fortunately, however, some forms of cancer are curable. In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can dramatically extend the lives of many cats. With this in mind, Dr Ryan will always be honest about quality of life issues. Coastal Cat Clinic strongly believes in QUALITY of life versus merely extending your cats life. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumors. One important point to remember when discussing cancer and available treatment plans is to keep an open mind and discuss the treatment options available. Cats tolerate chemotherapy treatments better than dogs. Many of the associated chemotherapy side effects are manageable (nausea and decreased appetite are the most common). Chemotherapy does not always involve injections or IV drugs, some of our therapy plans are oral (pill or liquid forms).
You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your cat spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented. This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease.
Regular veterinary visits can help us keep track of what is normal for your cat, as well as detect anything suspicious. However, because we typically only see your cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early. Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behavior (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or changes in eating habits).