They Provide Cancer Consultations and Care Options
Consulting with a veterinary oncologist is advisable for pet parents wishing to become well-informed regarding their pets’ diagnosis and treatment options. An oncologist can provide detailed information about the biological behavior of cancers, provide facts and statistics with respect to treatment choices and prognosis and discuss the various available surgical and medical options.
Your primary care veterinarian will forward your pet’s medical records including blood tests, pathology reports and any imaging studies (like x-rays, ultrasound, MRI, or CT) to the oncologist. Written and verbal communication between the generalist and specialist is of the utmost importance for continuity of care. Dr. Rebecca Risbon, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) emphasized this by saying, “I feel that veterinary cancer treatment can only be improved through a collaborative effort between the primary care veterinarian and an oncologist.”
In case of any communication gaps, it is recommended that you bring copies of your pet’s medical records to all appointments. Be sure to notify the oncologist of any other medical conditions for which your pet is being treated.