Treatment Options for Pets with Cancer


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

If your pet needs chemotherapy to slow progression of a disease, ScriptWorks can help.

ScriptWorks makes cost-effective oral medications in easy to administer tiny tabs that can treat or eliminate the cancer, while still providing the highest quality of life to your pet. It’s important to speak to your pharmacist to understand how to handle and administer an oral chemotherapeutic drug. ScriptWorks provides gloves to use when handling medications, as well as offering other recommendations on how to minimize exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs.
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