What does a day at Veterinary Cancer Care look like?

What does a day at Veterinary Cancer Care look like?

We have found that most people don’t know what to expect from a veterinary oncology clinic. People imagine that there are hard conversations and needles. That is part of it, but at Veterinary Cancer Care there is also a lot of laughter, scratches, cookies, and smiles. Everyone who comes here, furry and otherwise, is a part of our family. Some days this is difficult work, but because of the love and hope that we have, everyday is also a joy! Dr. Kelly lovin’ on a fluffly 3-legged. Megan, oncology nurse, preparing chemotherapy for a patient. Brain, oncology nurse, helping out at the front desk. Dr. Kelly chatting in the lobby surrounded by furry friends. Lu the ferret brought along moral support for her chemo. Mariah, our patient care coordinator. Dr. Kelly performing an ultrasound. Veterinary Cancer Care official cookie jar monitors. Chemotherapy being injected directly into a tumor. Milk and his crew waiting for their turn with Dr. Kelly. Lexi getting acupuncture from Dr. Sophia. Dinga graduated from lymphoma...
May 2017 Pet of the Month: Abyriginal’s Prairie Rose

May 2017 Pet of the Month: Abyriginal’s Prairie Rose

Born June 22, 2002 in Missouri, Abyriginal’s Prairie Rose, our “Rose”, left her birth mom, Cairo Rose, and her birth dad, Pharaoh  five months later for her new home in New Mexico and her new parents Skip and Leslie. She  took ownership from the day she arrived; she taught her parents how to make a bed, fix a meal, put papers in a file, none of which could ever be done without her help. Rose knows when either of her parents are not feeling well and curls up on top of them until they are well again. When she is lonely she brings one of our socks to the back door in order to beckon us home. She knows that weekends are different from weekdays, and they are special days to spend with her parents traveling, walking on a leash, “hunting” lizards, in the yard, and chasing the occasional mouse seeking refuge indoors from the cold. At bedtime, Rose sleeps in a nest of stuffed animals that she dearly loves or when she is cold gets under the bed covers between her parents, paws on her dad with her head on his pillow. Rose has come to love and is so very grateful for her extended family at Veterinary Cancer Care who have provided critical health care and who have become a big part of her life for the past five...
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...
September 2016 Pet of the Month: Shiva

September 2016 Pet of the Month: Shiva

My name is Shiva Brownrigg. I was born in Questa, New Mexico, around June 1, 2004. I hunted and foraged with my mom there until August, when she weaned me by leaving me at some nice people’s house. They took me inside while she watched from afar. They had a friend visiting, who took me with her back to San Francisco. I’d never even been on a leash before, and I had to deal with cars, sidewalks, big stairs, and a big, black 13-year-old Belgian Shepherd who didn’t really like dogs! (I quickly endeared myself to her, though.) I was housebroken in two weeks, and then we moved to Sausalito, where I had a big yard, got to go running three times a week with my mom, and went to doggie daycare every day! I got really good at playing ball and then hiding in the grass on walks to ambush mom! My step dog-mom died a year later. I missed her, but I was happy I finally got to be Alpha! In 2006, I took my first of many airplane rides to New Mexico! This was no fun at all, and I was always really happy to get there! I love running free in the woods, and I’m really good about staying on the property and checking in. I also liked going back to Marin, where I could sit by the glass slider and watch for people and dogs to walk up the street. It was cool to live in two different states for a while. I’ve been to some other places, too. Out of the country, even....
August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

Hi. My name is Annabelle, and I have been chosen as Pet of the Month for August (thank you, Dr. Kelly and staff!). I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born on November 30, 2009. My biological dad is from Colorado, and my biological mom is from Wisconsin. I have 14 brothers and sisters, making us a litter of 15 (my poor mother!), and I am the runt. In January 2010, I was adopted by Cindy and Bob Rinaldi and their family from Illinois. They have given me a wonderful home filled with love. In January 2016, I began to feel ill. My mom took me to the doctor. After a few tests and bloodwork, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. This was very upsetting to my mom and dad. We were just getting ready to move to Santa Fe in six weeks when we received this awful news. Mom and Dad got me into a cancer center in Illinois as soon as possible. It is there I began my treatments. We moved to Santa Fe in March of 2016. My dad found Veterinary Cancer Care in Santa Fe, where I have continued my treatment. Dr. Kelly and her staff have been wonderful. They have given me treats, baby food, and parts of their lunches (can’t get better than that). Above and beyond the traditional cancer treatment, I also take many supplements to increase my immune system. I am happy to say that after 26 weeks of treatment, my lymphoma is in remission. I will continue to be evaluated and monitored by Dr. Kelly...
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome! We are happy that you have found us in this huge world of the Internet. 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. What we are trying to say is that there are options and with options comes hope. If you are a pet lover who isn’t facing this diagnosis, we are glad you are here too! Prevention of cancer is one of our passions. We want to give you information and action steps to help your pet live as happy and healthy as possible. Please stay tuned and...