Cutting-Edge Pet Care
New treatments are bringing veterinary medicine into the 21st century.
A pet owner would be hard-pressed to find an individual more qualified to speak about advances in veterinary techniques than Dr. Kyle Kerstetter of Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Not only is Dr. Kerstetter a Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he’s also the owner of a 13-year-old Labrador named Remington.
Remington, a beloved member of the Kerstetter family, also happens to be suffering from bone cancer, a condition that Dr. Kerstetter himself is treating using some of the most advanced medical treatments available for pets today.
“I diagnosed Remington with a tumor in the non-weight bearing bone of her front leg,” Dr. Kerstetter explained. “I was able to remove it and administer radiation therapy and a course of chemotherapy to put the cancer in remission.” Today Remington spends her days curled up under the desk in Dr. Kerstetter’s office, comfortable, happy and cancer free.
New Treatments, New Life
Just a few years ago, the success of Remington’s treatment might not have been possible. There have been so many advances in veterinary care that illnesses that used to mean the certain end of a pet’s life are now often just treatable bumps in the road.
The vet’s office is still the place to take your pet for checkups, shots or a broken bone, but, increasingly, pets are just as likely to head to the vet for lifesaving advanced treatments and therapies as they are for a flea dip or routine vaccination.
“Veterinary care has benefited from overall advances in technology and science in general. As a result we can diagnose illnesses that would go unnoticed before and then treat them in a far less invasive way,” Dr. Kerstetter explains. “Illnesses that were once fatal are now quite treatable.”
The following is a list of some of the newest treatments being offered by veterinarians across the country:
Chemotherapy – Cancer is on the rise in both people and pets, and more dogs are being diagnosed with cancer each year. The good news is that many forms of cancer can be successfully managed with chemotherapy. On the upside, unlike humans, chemotherapy treatments usually don’t make dogs feel sick.
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2 years ago
I've heard that chemo for pets is different & the pets don't have as bad as a reaction...but then I watched an episode of "Dogs 101" where, I think, an English sheepdog had cancer, went through chemo & was lethargic & lost his fur from it, like a human would. I think it depends on the pet....but I'm still not a fan of chemo...it can lead to other problems (like my great aunt, who had congestive heart failure from the chemo weakening her heart).
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