These medications are safe for use, and are sent home with you so that if your pet is experiencing any side effects you can go ahead and start these medications instead of waiting for a prescription to be filled. As each pet is different and each chemotherapy protocol is different, the recommendations may vary. Always call if you have any questions about side effects or medications.
Why do you prescribe these drugs right away?
At The VCC we believe in trying to prevent side effects because your pet’s well-being is always at the forefront of every decision we make. We want them to have a high quality of life at all times.
How do I get the drug if need more and you are closed?
A member of our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling our main number. If you need more drugs immediately, we will call a local pharmacy to fill the prescription. If you do not need the medication immediately, you can leave us a message on our answering machine and we will fill the prescription the next business day.
What if my pet is only showing signs of either vomiting or diarrhea but not both?
Your veterinarian may direct you to only give one of the medications or they may have you give both to try and prevent further side effects. Each situation is unique and if there are any questions, please call one of our staff.
When do these drugs take effect?
These medications typically work within 24-48 hours.
Where do I go if these medications do not help my pet?
If these medications do not help, please call your veterinary oncologist and he or she will come up with a plan that is best for you and your pet. It may involve you bringing your pet into our hospital, taking your pet to your local veterinarian, to the closest 24-hour facility, or trying other medications at home.