SOURCE: White Oaks Veterinary Clinic

April 08, 2012 11:00 ET

Edmond Veterinarians State Early Detection Is Key for Treating Cancer in Pets

EDMOND, OK--(Marketwire - Apr 8, 2012) - White Oaks Veterinary Clinic in Edmond, OK stated that the practice has had significant success treating companion animal patients for cancer. These treatments are designed to compassionately extend a pet's life, relieving pain and keeping a pet active. For the best possible outcome, Dr. Jennifer Bianchi stressed that early diagnosis is key. According to the Edmond veterinarian, some breeds are predisposed to different cancers. Routine wellness care can help identify early warning signs, allowing the vet team to choose from a wide variety of treatment options. The vet clinic also provides wellness care, surgical care and dental care for dogs, cats, horses and other small animals.

Dr. Jennifer Bianchi, a veterinarian with White Oaks Veterinary Clinic, is stressing the importance of early detection for successfully treating cancer in companion animals.

"Cancer in pets is not always terminal," said Dr. Jennifer Bianchi. "Increasingly, with early diagnosis, we are able to prolong a pet's life and improve overall quality of life significantly. This is one reason why routine exams are so important. Advanced diagnostics help us to detect and identify cancer earlier than ever before. The earlier we can diagnosis a potential health problem, the more treatment options we have available."

According to the Edmond veterinary clinic, the cause of cancer in animals is not fully understood. A variety of factors may influence the growth and spread of cancer cells. These factors include genetics, exposure to carcinogens, and lifestyle factors.

As pets age, the risk that they will develop cancer also increases. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, 1 in 4 dogs will die from cancer. For dogs over the age of 10, 1 out of every 2 deaths is cancer-related.

"Regular check-ups, especially for senior pets, help us identify warning signs for cancer in dogs, such as lymphosarcoma," said Dr. Jennifer Bianchi. "Pet owners should be on the look-out for symptoms including a new lump or bump, difficulty urinating or blood in the urine, and limping or a change in gait."

The animal hospital offers several different treatment options. Depending on a pet's needs, the veterinarians may recommend a combination of these treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and acupuncture.

According to holistic veterinarian Dr. Mark Bianchi, acupuncture treatments may help relieve pain in pets that are suffering from cancer. Dr. Mark Bianchi has completed training with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). The practice also integrates holistic healing methods, such as nutrition and dietary counseling, with traditional treatments.

"Our goal is to do everything possible to help pets get healthy," said Dr. Mark Bianchi. "If the diagnosis is terminal, then we work closely with the pet owner to minimize pain and extend a pet's life as comfortably as possible. As a veterinarian, the health and well being of my animal patients is always at the forefront of my mind."

Pet owners who wish to learn more about companion animal cancer treatment at the veterinary hospital may visit the practice's website,

Contact Information

  • White Oaks Veterinary Clinic
    Edmond, OK