This is Jenny's Website Describing Chemotherapy in Dogs!!
This is a blood smear differencial of a dog undergoing chemotherapy
This image shows:
- A profound lack of white blood cells
- Chemotherapy kills off rapidly dividing cells.
- Certain cells of the immune system are constantly dividing in a process called affinity maturation, which makes them more potent killers.
- This dog is now severly immunocompromised.
- A lack of platlets
- Platlets are derrived from a common blood cell progenitor and are also effected by chemotherapy.
- They help the blood clott when a pet is wounded, thus preventing them from suffering blood loss.
- Nucleated Red Blood Cells.
- This is good and bad news.
- Nucleated rbcs are very immature, young red blood cells.
- Chemotherapy killed off a lot of this dog's rbcs, leaving it very anemic (unable to transport oxygen throughout the body).
- On the bright side, the presence of so many new red blood cells means that the dog is recovering!
Is cancer a death sentence for your dog?
- NO! Dogs do exceptionally well under chemotherapy.
- They do not appear to suffer the same amount of nausea that humans do.
- They do not lose their hair.
- As demonstrated in the image above, they DO bounce back.
- Dogs rarely get treated for cancer. Most owners elect euthanasia upon diagnosis.
- New cancer treatments such as the canine melanoma vaccine, are not as brutal as chemotherapy.
- The only downside is that canine cancer treatment in is very expensive.
Even your dog's white blood cells love you!
(Healthy Canine Segemented Neutrophile)
If you have questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer. Canine Oncology specialities can be located here: