Author: Bob Brensel | President, Pharmacist | ScriptWorks
Bob Brensel, RPh, earned his Pharmacy Degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1980. He was honored as a student with the Longs Drugs Stores, “Outstanding Intern Scholarship” in 1977. Read More →
The prospect of chemotherapy for your pet may seem intimidating or even scary. The good news is pets typically tolerate chemotherapy much better than humans. In fact, 70% of pet patients face few side effects, if any at all. Hair loss is common in humans but rare in dogs. Cats do not normally lose body hair but may lose their whiskers. Other potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can often be controlled with dietary modifications or medications.
Chemotherapy is designed to kill or slow the growth of cancers. Many of the drugs used to treat cancer are derived from natural substances such as plants, trees, or even bacteria and are often the same drugs used in people. Some drugs have a broad spectrum of activity throughout the body, while other are more targeted to specific organ or type of cell