Animal Cancer Clinic
Dr. Frederick Labavitch
Providing Quality Pet Care

Side Effects

The type of chemotherapy protocol for your pet should be discussed in detail with the doctor.  Each type of chemotherapy protocol has their own set of requirements as to what type of testing, schedule of how often it is given, and set of possible side effects.  Once your chemotherapy protocol has been selected for your pet, the doctor can give you more specific information as to the possible side effects of that particular protocol.  In general most pets handle chemotherapy better that people do.  Cats can be a little more sensitive to the protocols, and dogs for the most part handle chemotherapy very well.  Experience has shown that larger breeds handle chemotherapy drugs better than smaller breeds.  Each patient is different and there is no way to predetermine how a patient will react to a particular protocol.

The most common side effects of chemotherapy are lethargy, lack of appetite, and nausea.  Low grade fever, vomiting, and soft stool to diarrhea are potential side effects.  The severity and the length of time in which symptoms appear will vary depending on the type of chemotherapy give and the individual patient.