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Chemotherapy Services for Pets

Unfortunately, cancer is quite common among our furry family members. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost 50% of dogs over 10-years-old will develop cancer at some point in their life. When it comes to cats, 1 in 5 will be diagnosed with cancer at one point. Despite these grim numbers, the good news is that there are now several treatment options for pets with cancer, and our hospital team here at AMC can provide them in-house. To learn about our chemotherapy and other services for cancer, please reach out to us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location).

What is chemotherapy for pets?

The idea of chemotherapy for pets is quite similar to that in humans. Chemotherapy is a cocktail of medications given to your pet that have the ability to kill the cells that cause cancer. It will stop the spread of cancer that has already gone to other parts of your pet’s body. It may also be recommended for cancers that, although have not yet spread to other areas, have a high likelihood of doing so.

What can I expect with my pet’s chemotherapy?

Most chemotherapy for pets is given intravenously at the hospital and can take a few hours to be fully administered. Some chemotherapy can also be given orally either at home or in our office.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick?

Chemotherapy in the veterinary setting is less aggressive than in humans. Therefore, side effects in dogs and cats are not as obvious compared with people.

What are the most common type of side effects of chemotherapy on pets?

In the off chance that side effects do occur, they often come in the form of decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Unlike with humans, hair loss is often NOT a side effect of chemotherapy in pets. Rest assured that 75 to 80% of dogs, for example, do not experience any side effects at all when they go through chemo.

How long does chemotherapy last for pets?

The number of rounds of chemo your pet needs, along with the total duration of treatment really depends on the severity of their diagnosis, their own specific health condition and the type of medication that you choose.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre