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Bone marrow is the location within bone where white and red blood cells are produced. Though not always indicated, bone marrow analysis can be an essential feature in the diagnosing, staging and management of your pet. The process involves the removal of a small amount of semi-liquid bone marrow, usually from the humerus (shoulder), so that abnormalities in blood cell production and cancer can be detected. To obtain a sample, a needle is introduced into the marrow space. Aspiration or the removal of a small amount of the marrow is then performed. The test is quick, lasting less than 30 seconds, but can be uncomfortable. Therefore patients are sedated or placed under a light anesthesia to ensure that any discomfort can be avoided. If your pet is scheduled for a bone marrow aspirate please fast them from food beginning 12 hours prior to the procedure.
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Oncology

Cancer poses a significant risk to pets, particularly to aging and geriatric animals. Early cancer diagnoses and proper treatment can improve your pet’s quality of life and help him or her to live longer with fewer complications. You can be proactive in your pet’s well-being by observing your pet and reporting any physical and behavioral changes you see to your veterinarian. Remember that allowing your veterinarian an opportunity to detect problems early gives your pet the best chance at successful treatment and recovery.

Our oncology services include cancer screening, chemotherapy, and surgery. Your veterinarian will provide you with information about your pet’s condition and discuss which proven treatment options will most benefit your pet. In many cases, your veterinarian will consult with our oncology specialist, Dr. Steve Atwater, for treatment recommendations and possible outcomes so that you will receive all options that are available.

There are more oncology options than ever before, such as chemotherapy, surgery, nutritional support, and clinical trials. We understand that this can be a difficult time for you and your pet. We want to assure you that our primary goal is to enhance your pet’s quality of life and provide the most appropriate treatment solutions to fight the disease.

To schedule an appointment with our Oncology Specialist at VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center, please call us at 925-937-5000 and ask for a consultation with Dr. Stephen Atwater.

Our Oncology Services

Bone Marrow Aspirate
Bone Marrow Transplant
Cancer Staging
Chemotherapy

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