The treatment protocol, such as the number of treatments to be given and the schedule of treatments, is determined on an individual basis. The most common course of treatment is on an average of 12 to 15 treatments over 4 to 5 weeks. Radiation therapy is typically scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays unless schedule conflicts with days Compass Oncology is closed. In the case that dropping off and picking up on these dates in not possible for pet owners, we offer overnight boarding for added convenience.
Please arrive at the clinic between 7:30 and 9:30 am to drop off your pet. We are required to take a weight and temperature of your animal at this time and have you sign and date an authorization form for the day/week. The doctor will evaluate each patient and perform laboratory tests as necessary. Pre-anesthetic injections will be given.
Radiation patients can usually be released between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm depending on the following factors:
- How quickly the patient recovers from the anesthesia and treatment.
- The patient’s ability to function at full capacity.
- If all additional professional services requested or required have been completed.
- Patient’s age, breed, general health status.
We cannot cancel, reschedule, or postpone radiation treatments. If you are unable to drop off your pet, please make arrangements to have a friend or relative do so. Long-term boarding is available for out-of-town patients. When holidays occur on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, the radiation schedule will be adjusted so that the patient will still receive the required treatments. Be prepared for these changes if a radiation day coincides with a holiday.