My Dog Has Cancer: In Order To Treat It Should I Go to a Vet or Specialist?
Q: I just found out my dog has cancer. Can my normal vet treat her or do I need to take her to a specialist?Q: I just found out my dog has cancer. Can my normal vet treat her or do I need to take her to a specialist?
A: Unfortunately, there are many different kinds of cancers that can affect animals. Each type of cancer has its own affects, treatment options, and prognosis. Certain forms of cancer are extremely malignant and cannot be treated. Others can be cured or controlled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these treatments. Veterinary oncologists specialize in cancer and its treatment. While your normal vet can guide you and discuss options with you, they may want to refer you to a veterinary oncologist, especially if radiation or chemotherapy is an option for your pet.