1. Is there a hair loss during chemotherapy?
In most cases the hair is not lost (except poodles, bison and yorkshire terriers - dogs who do not laugh). The reason is that animal hairs have different growing cycle than human hair, that grow constantly.
2. Do the treated animals suffer from adverse effects similar to humans?
Side effects occur rarely. If they occur, most often it happens on the 3rd - 5th day after chemotherapy, and most of these are vomiting or diarrhea that can be cured with conventional medications. However, there may be a higher individual sensitivity of the patient, so we usually begin with lower doses, which we, if the dog tolerates well, slightly increase then.
3. What are the risks to the owner of the treated animals?
Chemotherapeutics are excreted by body secretions, especially urine and dander. Therefore, these secretions should be handled in gloves. In a small amount, chemotherapy can be shed by saliva, so it is advisable not to let the dog lick you in the face. This is especially important if small children live with a sick dog.
4. Is the use of chemotherapy painful for the animal?
The chemotherapy alone is painless. However, it is necessary for the dog to stand for a while and let the doctor to insert an intravenous cannula in the front paw (one pinch, most of the dogs do not respond to it). Through this cannula a rapid injection or a 45 minute infusion is administered then. Sometimes, there are also used chemotherapeutic agents in the form of pills.