When the Going Gets Tough: Explaining Pet Cancer to Kids

cancer in petsFinding out their pet has cancer is something that no pet owner wants to hear. Having to deliver this message to a child adds another layer of complexity to an already overwhelming experience.

Explaining pet cancer to kids can be tricky. The child’s age, cognitive ability, and connection to the family pet will all play a role. At Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center, we’re here to help you navigate this challenging situation.

Setting the Stage

When it comes to discussing your pet’s cancer with younger members of the family, it’s important to consider the emotional and cognitive development of the children involved. Use simple, concise, age-appropriate words to help them understand that your pet is ill. Younger children may need reassurance that a pet’s illness is not their fault; older kids may want to learn more about cancer or find ways they can help. Continue…

Time Is Everything: The Importance of Timing of Cancer Treatment in Pets

pet cancer veterinarian west chesterWhen you first receive a cancer diagnosis in your pet, it might be all you can do just to keep it together. Few people are able to think in a calm, rational manner when receiving such potentially devastating news.

It is important to act quickly when it comes to this disease. The timing of cancer treatment in pets is extremely important, and it often can make an enormous difference when owners act quickly. We know that immediately after receiving a diagnosis, it can be difficult to think. That is where Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center comes in to help guide you through the options.

The Diagnosis

Almost as soon as your family veterinarian has handed you the diagnosis of cancer, we want you to call us. Our staff are experts in the study and treatment of cancer, and we have all of the knowledge and tools at our disposal to offer the best possible outcome for your pet. Continue…