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Chemotherapy for Dogs

Chemotherapy refers to giving a medication to treat cancer and other immune diseases.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick? What are common side effects?

The side effects from chemotherapy drugs vary depending on the type of medication and dose being used. Some of the more common side effects may be nausea, a decrease in appetite, vomiting or an increased susceptibility to infection. Side effects tend to be less in pets than in people. Some pets do not have any side effects while taking chemotherapy drugs.

How is chemotherapy given to my pet?

Chemotherapy medications are often given intravenously (injection into a vein). Some chemotherapy drugs are available in an oral form. When handling injectable chemotherapy drugs, it is important to ensure the medication does not get on the skin as it can be an irritant. Veterinary staff need to be very careful handling chemotherapy drugs due to potential toxic effects and so only trained veterinary professionals perform chemotherapy treatment on pets.

What is the cost of chemotherapy?

Cancer treatment varies depending on the type of cancer being treated and the type of treatment being given. The approach taken is individual to each patient and depends on which chemotherapy medication drug is being used, the dose needed and the frequency it is given.

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Kirsty's Farewell to CPVH

The past 5 years at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital have been incredible. Exciting, fun, challenging, heartbreaking, eye-opening, stressful, and at times, difficult; but amazing. Every day that passes, I have fallen more and more in love with animal medicine.

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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital