Chemotherapy is one of the leading treatments for canine cancer. Being one of the most mainstream methods, little do we know that it has negative effects on our dogs. Reading this article gives you wider look at how chemotherapy affects your pet and what its impact is right after being administered.
The side effects of chemotherapy are enumerated as: anemia, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, hair loss, loss of appetite, low white blood cell count, non-responsiveness, and vomiting and nausea. Have the presence of mind and refrain from being alarmed when you notice these. You need to coordinate with your veterinarian if you also observe symptoms that are associated with such side effects.
What are these symptoms? Vomiting and diarrhea must be attended to promptly because they may lead to dehydration. If you are pressed in this kind of situation, be sure to seek the expert’s help. Another one is bloody diarrhea. It can be as alarming more than you expect but before even panicking, let your vet know about this particular symptom as well. Infection can be pre-identified through the presence of fever and the loss of your pet’s appetite. As soon as you notice this, observe and let your vet know. When the dog has difficulty in breathing, it is a sign of respiratory distress. Take note of this and speak it out to the expert for advice and recommendation.
In the course of chemotherapy, series of tests like the CBC or complete blood count is done regularly to ensure that the dog has the right balance between red blood cells and white blood cells. There are incidences when the white blood cell count is low. When this happens, treatment is stopped and antibiotics are recommended. As soon as the blood count goes back to normal, treatment process is observed again.