Cancer is a very serious disease if it is not found early. We all know. It is one of the leading causes of death in humans, and it also wreaks havoc on the feline population. Any cat of any age can suffer from it, although it is more common from 8-10 years.
One of the things that the vet can recommend is to treat it with medications, so we are going to explain what is chemotherapy for cats and what are the effects it can cause.
What is it?
Thinking about chemotherapy often makes us feel bad. A person, perhaps a family member, who has had very strong side effects due to the treatment immediately comes to mind. But in the case of cats, the same does not have to happen, since better tolerate treatment And, apart, much lower doses are used so that they do not affect their quality of life.
Drug therapy, which is chemotherapy, will be more or less effective depending on when the diagnosis is made. The earlier it has been, the more likely it is to be successful. To the cat you will be given a set of low-dose medications, which will interfere with the ability of cancer cells to divide. This will prevent the disease from getting worse.
What are the effects?
Although they tolerate it better than humans, this does not mean that they do not have to suffer from side effects. These effects can be:
- Bone marrow suppression: When drugs that affect the bone marrow are given, the number of white blood cells (responsible for protecting the body) decreases. Therefore, blood samples should be taken regularly between 7 and 10 days after administration to monitor them. In the event that the count is low, you will be given a lower dose of chemotherapy and temporarily given antibiotics.
- Gastrointestinal irritation: it manifests itself a few days after the administration of the drugs. Symptoms are vomiting, nausea, lethargy, and / or loss of appetite.
- Loss of hair: It is not as common as in humans, but it can happen. Whiskers can also fall out (but don't worry, they grow back).
How to take care of it during treatment?
A cat being treated with chemotherapy will need to be closely watched. It is very necessary keep a diary of behavior, appetite and any other abnormalities that may arise, such as vomiting or nausea. In addition, he should be given (now and always) a high-quality diet, free of cereals, which will help him feel stronger, with more energy.
Of course, you don't have to give him any medication. It will only be done if the vet has advised it. Self-medicating on our own can be fatal.