August 2017 Pet of the Month – Max

August 2017 Pet of the Month – Max

This is Max (by buddy) who we adopted in the summer of 2010.  Max has been a wonderful dog and much more.  In January of 2017 Max was diagnosed with canine lymphoma.  Fortunately, we were referred to Dr. Kelly at the Veterinary Cancer Care center (VCC) in Santa Fe and after seven months of treatment Max is doing great.  We would like to personally thank Dr. Kelly and the caring staff of VCC for the awesome work they have done and continue to do to bring hope and happiness to all of the pets and owners that they touch.  We are grateful for every additional day we get to spend with him.   Michael, Jennifer...
A Constant Inspiration

A Constant Inspiration

Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes. I love looking at the marvelous stripes in a cat’s fur or the wide variation in shapes of dog noses and ears. If you’re reading this blog, you have likely noticed this too and have spent many hours laughing and taking joy in how they play and what gives them comfort and pleasure. I think that every time I have ever been asked about what I do for a living, “manage a veterinary oncology clinic”, I am always met with the saddest face. Of course, it is always sad when a wonderful fur-friend gets an illness, but still, I love my job. The reason I love my job is that our patients are constantly showing me that cancer is no reason for them to stop living and loving life. Maybe it looks a little different than it did 5 years ago, but make no mistake they do live and love life! Yes, even with cancer and even during chemotherapy or whatever treatment they are receiving.  At Veterinary Cancer Care, we pride ourselves on breaking stereotypes. Why? Because our patients do it every day. They are a constant reminder that real living is found in trying. I love it when our pet parents tell us that their pet died with cancer, but not of cancer. I know this sounds a little strange, but it means that they went right on living and in the end, it wasn’t cancer that sent them over the rainbow bridge. I hope that one day when I tell someone what I do for a living I get...
Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetimes. We want you to know that a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence. Amazing research is going on all over the country aimed at giving pets effective treatment options, while emphasizing a great quality of life. Consult with a board certified oncologist to find out the best treatment options for your pet. You can find the oncologist nearest you at Veterinary Cancer Society. No one likes to feel helpless. Let’s use Pet Cancer Awareness month to empower you with information. Prevention You may have heard this same advice from your own doctor. The evidence linking inflammation to cancer and other health problems is mounting. To keep systemic inflammation at a minimum, keep your pet at a healthy weight, engage them in daily exercise, and feed them a high quality diet using as much whole food as possible. Minimize their exposure to pesticides, second hand smoke, and other known carcinogens. Pets with very short fur or that are light colored should also be protected from too much sun exposure. If you are considering getting a puppy, do research on ailments common to the breed and discuss any areas of concern with your breeder, an oncologist, or your veterinarian. While avoiding toxic substances that can weaken pet’s immune systems is very important, there are also many immune boosting and inflammation reducing herbs and supplements now available to help your pet. We love discussing prevention! If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss action steps you can take, including...
Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming!

Summer is just around the corner and here in New Mexico our pets are enjoying the longer days basking in the sun, both indoors and out. As pet parents it is important to educate ourselves about the potential risks to our pets’ health from sun exposure. Just like us, our pets can experience negative effects from sun exposure. They get painful sunburns that scab and peel. And, they can get skin cancer associated with sun exposure including: malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. At particular risk are animals that have light skin pigmentation and/or have very short fur, including pets that have been shaved for the summer. Here are some steps that you can take to keep your pet healthy this summer, while still enjoying our amazing Santa Fe weather. Routinely check your pet’s skin for abnormalities. When examining your pet pay particular attention to the muzzle, ears, lips, and to the skin around the eyes and nose. Exams on dogs should also include a thorough inspection of the belly and inner thighs. Look for red or black spots / crusts – they can be as small as a pinprick – and scabs / wounds that do not heal. It is a good idea to schedule a monthly reminder to check your pet’s skin and ask your groomer or anyone else involved in your pet’s care to let you know if they notice any suspicious areas. Consider keeping your pet in the house during peak sun hours (in New Mexico that is from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). When your pet is outside, ensure that there...
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome! We are happy that you have found us in this huge world of the Internet. We are a veterinary oncology practice located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our family of pets and their parents extends all throughout the southwest: Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and beyond! It is our pleasure to get to reach out to you in a personal way, even if we never meet you. If we could look every pet owner in the eyes who is just learning that their pet has cancer, we would tell you that pet cancer is treatable.  In many cases, your pets can still live out their natural life expectancy even with a diagnosis of cancer. But your pet’s quality of life, not the quantity of their days, is the most important concern. There are so many treatment options now in addition to chemotherapy. Some of the common therapies that we use in addition to or instead of chemotherapy include: both the melanoma and lymphoma vaccines, a variety of therapies that kill cancer by targeting its blood supply (antiangiogenics), and immune system support and stimulation. We also believe that most patients’ quality of life can be improved by modifying their nutrition and adding in specific vitamins and supplements. The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains a database of animal health studies that is worth investigating to see if there is a clinical trial that may help your pet. See our website to see what clinical trials we are currently participating in. We are trying to say that there are options and with options comes hope! If you are a pet lover who isn’t facing...