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What To Expect After Chemotherapy

That’s not an e-collar. It’s the trash can lid. HUGO!

Treatment of canine cancer is a very personal decision made with the help of your vet. In Hugo’s case, when the cancer returned, chemo seemed to give him the best chance of survival so that’s the treatment path we followed.

Hugo’s chemotherapy consisted of treatments twice a month for three months. We would generally drop him off at the vet in the AM and pick him up in the afternoon. After three months, Hugo was the king of the vet’s office. Even now, when I bring in other pets, everyone asks about Hugo. Following the end of this chemo, he was on oral prednisone for a few months. While Hugo didn’t suffer any side effects from the chemo (aside from being tired and groggy), the prednisone caused a number of side effects (which we expected) including:

  1. Increased need to drink water and subsequently
  2. Increased urination
  3. Increase in appetite (he gained about 20 lbs during the treatment)

For us, chemo treated his cancer for the time-being and was the right choice. Everyone’s situation is different and you should make the right choice for your dog with the support of your vet.

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  • Reply Chris Cook February 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Another great blog with need to know info for those battling cancer with their pets! And it is amazing the relationship that you and your dog develop with your oncology team

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  • Reply Rebecca M February 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    thanks for posting

  • Reply Robyn February 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Just be on the lookout for symptoms and trust your gut. I believed my dog was not responding well to the chemo and no one listened. She was suffering from kidney failure caused by the toxins. I wish they had a voice to tell us how they feel 🙁

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