What can be more frightening to a pet owner than a diagnosis of cancer in his or her dog or cat? Veterinary medicine has made great advancements in cancer treatment and many pets live in health and comfort for years after a diagnosis of cancer.
Every animal is unique, as is every type of cancer—your True Care veterinary professionals will create a personalized treatment plan for your pet based on a variety of factors, such as age, general condition, and your wants and needs. We will provide you with enough information to make knowledgeable decisions about your pet’s treatment options, and we will support and guide you every step of the way. With True Care, you are never alone in following through with whatever decision is right for your pet and your family.
Cancer Treatments for Pets
There are three standard options for cancer treatment in pets:
We will remove a tumor from a pet’s body if it can be done without damaging other tissue; this will not be done if the cancer is large enough to endanger the animal, if the cancer has spread, or if the animal is too weak to survive anesthesia.
The patient is given toxic chemicals, usually intravenously, that are intended to kill the out’of’control, rapidly reproducing cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.
- Radiation therapy
High doses of radiation are aimed directly at the tumor to shrink it or arrest its growth in a completely painless procedure.
The good news is, animals often respond well to chemotherapy and radiation, usually without severe side effects such as nausea and hair loss.
Complementary therapies may be used in combination with one or more of the standard protocols, such as nutraceuticals, homeopathic compounds, or pain management techniques.
The Family of a Pet Cancer Patient Talks About Dr. Tullio:
“I am writing to highly recommend the services of Dr. Tom Tullio. Several years ago, my cat and loving companion, Shamroc, became very ill with spinal cord cancer and kidney disease. I was devastated beyond words.”
“I thought for certain that I would have to euthanize my precious Shamroc at that time. Nevertheless, Dr. Tullio thought that he could help Shamroc. With a change of diet, and some extra fluids and nutrients, he was able to turn her condition around, and we enjoyed almost another year together. When Shamroc’s condition began to deteriorate again, Dr. Tullio was a great source of moral support for me, in constant touch by phone monitoring her condition and just being there for me. He was so loving, gentle, and understanding. Although I am greatly saddened by our loss, I take comfort knowing that with the help of Dr. Tullio, Shamroc received the best care possible.”
“I was thoroughly impressed with Dr. Tullio’s hard work, skill, devotion to his practice and, above all, compassion toward Shamroc and my family. I hope he never loses the enthusiasm he so obviously exhibits for the care of our four-legged friends. Given all of his wonderful traits, it is no wonder that his relatively new practice appears booming!” —Mieke
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ