This is Clifford, who came to see us at Byron for his chemotherapy.

Before receiving his chemotherapy, Clifford has a blood sample taken to check his red and white blood cell parameters to ensure he has recovered from his previous dose. He then had a catheter placed into his vein, and the chemotherapy drugs are administered as shown in the photo.

Clifford is a very brave boy and we are so proud of him!

Clifford is my dog and I wouldn’t want any other vets to take care of him throughout his treatment.

Penny - Clifford's owner

gloved hand drawing up chemotherapy drug with needleDid you know we regularly use chemotherapy in animals to help with the fight against cancers? Most animals tolerate chemotherapy remarkably well, with some showing no signs of ill-effects, while a few may be a little lethargic for a few days before going back to normal.

Of course there is the occasional animal that seems not to tolerate chemotherapy, and they will be reassessed to ensure their quality of life does not suffer.

Each chemotherapy protocol is tailored to the individual patient and is based on a variety of factors, including the type of cancer, whether or not it has spread and also the highest dose tolerated by the patient.

Almost all animals receiving chemotherapy will be admitted to the clinic for the day. They will have a blood sample taken to ensure they have recovered from the previous dose. Our vets and nurses must then wear protective clothing while handling the drug and administer it to the patient via a catheter in their vein. They normally stay with us for a little while after administration, before going home the same day.

If you have any further questions regarding chemotherapy, please do not hesitate to speak with one of our vets.

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