Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Chemotherapy for Dogs

What is chemotherapy for dogs?


Chemotherapy is an option some of our veterinarians offer patients that have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Chemotherapy is a cocktail of medications given to a patient that has the ability to kill cells that cause cancer.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick?


Chemotherapy side effects in dogs are not as evident as in humans.

What are some common side effects of chemotherapy for dogs?


If side effects do occur, you may notice decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Hair loss does not usually occur in our dog patients.

How is chemotherapy administered in dogs?


There are some forms of oral chemotherapy, but the majority of chemotherapy is administered in dogs via an IV catheter. Your pet will have IV fluids placed and will stay on them for a few hours after the chemotherapy medication has been given.

What is the cost of canine chemotherapy?


The cost of chemotherapy is dependent on the type of cancer being treated, the protocol of therapy and the cost of the drug for the protocol.

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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital