Pet Doctors Hunt for Breakthroughs

Today, many animal owners consider pets to be members of their families and treat them as such. Because of this, there has been an increased focus on pet owners becoming much more informed and proactive when it comes to the health of their four-legged family members. However, advancements in animal healthcare have often lagged behind human advancements – especially when it comes to cancer treatments for pets – leaving veterinarians and pet owners struggling with the lack of promising new options.

In S&P Global’s latest market intelligence report, “Pet doctors hunt for breakthroughs in promising human cancer treatments,” Steven Roy, CEO of VetDC, discusses his company’s innovative approach of adapting discarded human cancer treatments and developing them specifically for use in pets with cancer.

  1. My 10 year old Shih Zhu has lymphoma. SHould I do chemo or will this be too painful for her?

    • Hello Cathy –

      I’m very sorry to hear about your Shih Tzu’s diagnosis of lymphoma, it is a frightening thing to face with a beloved friend. Unfortunately there is not an easy answer to your question – every dog is different. While chemotherapy is not generally considered painful, some dogs do experience side effects that can make them feel unwell. I would suggest that you talk with your veterinarian about the options that exist for treatment to determine if there is an option that you feel is suitable for your girl. I’m sorry I cannot be of more help.

  2. Our Australian Shepard has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is only 3.5 years old. We now have her on Prednisone as a treatment. She seems to be doing well on it, but we would like to look into treating her with your new drug, Tanovea. Do know of any veterinarians in the Western Michigan that is using Tanovea as a treatment for lymphoma?

    • Hello Duane –
      I’m very sorry to hear that your Aussie has been diagnosed with lymphoma. It is a difficult diagnosis to be facing with a beloved family member, and particularly hard when they are so young. I just emailed some information about availability in your area, please feel free to reply by email with any further questions. Thank you.

      • My 6 year old cocker spaniel was just diagnosed with lymphoma. I am looking for an oncologist in the Dana Point area that performs these new protocols or for any new studies that are showing promise without torturing our pets. I am truly heartbroken as my last cocker died of lymphoma at age 10. Please let me know if you have any information that could help my sweet little guy.

        • Hi, Marisa-

          We send our condolences for the loss of your cocker and for the diagnosis of your other pet. I wish we could help you with the questions you may have, but we are not veterinarians and have not examined your dog, so we aren’t able to provide medical advice. We recommend continuing to consult with your veterinarian to find the best possible option for them. We wish you the best.