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Team Approach

Compassionate care of your pet can only be accomplished with a team, and you are at the center of that team. As your pet's primary care giver, you are in the best position to know and meet your pet's needs. Your first task is to find a veterinary health care team that is experienced in cancer care.

Our oncology service uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, working together in one clinic and getting input from our medical, surgical and radiation oncologists about your pet's case. This enables our team to deliver coordinated care for effective and individualized care plans encompassing surgery, chemotherapy and other cancer medications and radiation therapy, as most appropriate. We also seek input from other specialists in our veterinary hospital, if needed.

    

Hints for empowering yourself with knowledge:

  1. Write things down: Write down questions you may have before each visit. Take notes during discussions with the veterinary care team about your pet's disease or treatment options. Recite information back to ensure that you understand completely.
  2. Seek support: Bring a friend or spouse with you when you talk to the veterinary care team.  
  3. Include the whole family: All discussions about your pet should involve everyone who loves your pet, including your children. Allow everyone to ask questions and express their opinions.
  4. Understand there are no incorrect decisions: Do not worry about what other people will think about your decisions. You know your pet better than anyone else in the world. Once you have gathered the information you need, listen to your heart and you will make the right decisions.