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Palliation is medical care or treatment that is focused on reducing symptoms associated with a disease process rather than trying providing a cure for the disease. The goal with palliative care is prevent or relieve suffering as to improve the quality of life of your pet so you may have some quality time with them. There are many ways to perform palliative care and each plan will be developed based on your pet’s clinical signs and their stage of cancer.

Palliation may simply include pain medications, antibiotics or diet changes but can also include modalities such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Quality of life monitoring with regular examinations can also be helpful to ensure changes occurring with progression of the disease are matching with the pet’s treatment plan.
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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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