5. Can My Pet Be Around Family or Other Animals While Undergoing Treatment?
It is generally considered safe for the animal to interact with all family members. However, depending on the chemotherapy drug(s) the pet is receiving, there may be certain times after a treatment when the pet is more vulnerable to picking up an infection, so precautions may be necessary during a very specified time period. In addition, we recommend that owners wear non-powdered latex or nitrile gloves when handling chemotherapy drugs and that the person handling the drugs washes their hands afterwards. Gloves should also be worn when handling an animal’s feces, litter, vomit, etc., since metabolites of chemotherapy drugs are present in urine and/or feces for up to 72 hours.