Advanced Oncology & Chemotherapy

Providing the best care available, when your pet needs it most.

Advanced Oncology & Chemotherapy

Providing the best care available, when your pet needs it most.

At Tier 1, we understand that a cancer diagnosis in a beloved pet is heartbreaking. Thankfully, advances in veterinary oncology make early cancer detection and successful treatment possible. With appropriate therapy, pets with cancer can maintain a good quality of life despite their diagnosis. Our veterinary oncology specialists will provide a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your pet's individual needs. 

0+ Years of Veterinary Experience

Cancer is common in pets and affects all breeds. It is most often diagnosed in older pets but may occur at any age.  Cancer can be found in the skin, lymph nodes, blood stream, bones, and internal organs. Symptoms vary depending on the location and type of cancer but can include palpable lumps on or under the skin, poor appetite, reduced energy levels, or weight loss. Tissue biopsies, blood tests, and imaging studies are often needed to confirm a cancer diagnosis.

When your pet is first diagnosed with cancer, we will recommend various staging tests.  The staging process determines the location, severity, and extent of disease. Imaging studies including x-rays, ultrasound, and CT scans are often performed for staging purposes and to plan for surgical intervention. Once staging is complete, cancer treatment may begin.

Many cancers require a combination of different treatment methods for a successful outcome.  Surgery is the treatment of choice for skin cancers and for solitary tumors within the body.

At Tier 1, our surgical and oncology teams work closely together to provide seamless care for your pet.  In cases of large or aggressive tumors, chemotherapy is often administered following surgery to prevent tumor recurrence or spread.

Chemotherapy is the primary treatment method for cancer that is widespread or in multiple locations throughout the body.  This includes lymphoma, one of the most common cancers in dogs and cats. Chemotherapy protocols usually include a combination of oral medications and intravenous injections administered in the hospital.

Side effects of chemotherapy are possible, but many pets will continue to enjoy their daily activities while undergoing cancer treatment.  Our dedicated oncology team will monitor your pet closely to ensure they are comfortable and tolerating their chemotherapy regimen.

Learning that your pet has cancer can feel overwhelming. Rest assured that the compassionate veterinarians and staff at Tier 1 will support you and your pet throughout the entire treatment process.