When looking for a pet oncologist
in the southwestern United States, Arizona Veterinary Oncology is your solution. We are the largest provider of dog oncology and cat oncology services in Arizona and regularly serve New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah and even Mexico.
We recognize that your family is facing some difficult times. Our goal is to provide you with the best understanding possible of all your options, the prognosis, and the risks associated with treatment.
We hear time and time again that Quality of Life
is the most important factor when making treatment decisions. We will inform you of the likely impact on your friend’s life, both short term and long term. With treatment advances available today, if there is a negative impact on quality, the change is short term. Often, there is no change at all (many of our patients seem to actually enjoy coming to chemo “camp”, meeting new people and getting lots of treats).
Please take some time to learn more about what we offer by exploring our website. If you are looking for information on why we are the best choice for your pet with cancer, visit the Our Difference
page. Knowing the team members that will help you decide what is best for your beloved friend is important and you can start that process on our Team
page. Our oncologists have decades of veterinary medicine behind them and many of our technicians have been doing nothing but oncology for many years as well. This experience is unmatched anywhere in the Southwestern United States.
There are many types of cancers that have been identified that affect dogs and cats. We have many pages of information to help you make heads or tails of the different Cancer Types
that exist. Some types of cancers are very similar in pets and in people. Osteosarcoma, for example, directly mimics the disease in people. Because of this, a great deal of research has been done in the past and treatment options are well defined. Mast cell tumors, however, are a disease that is mostly unique to the dog and cat. Because of this, less information is known about the disease and data is harder to come by. We are here to sort all of that out for you and provide the most up to date information available for whatever cancer is ailing your pet.
Arizona Veterinary Oncology is proud to be the only facility in the Phoenix valley to offer all the most common Pet Cancer Treatment Options
for your pet including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy (including stereotactic radiosurgery), radioactive iodine (I-131), Strontium-90 plesiotherapy and cryotherapy. Chemotherapy is generally used for cancer types that are likely to spread around the body. Radiation is more often used for localized tumors. Many cats become hyperthyroid and require treatment to prevent the potentially life-threatening effects of that disease. Immunotherapy is probably the “hottest” topic in cancer treatment today. When we can use the body to help us fight cancer, it becomes a very powerful ally. For very shallow tumors such as mast cell tumors in cats or solar-induced squamous cell carcinoma, a single radiation treatment with Strontium-90 may be possible. Some smaller tumors can be controlled by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. There are many, many options for treatment and we can help decide what is best for you and your pet.
Being the best and largest oncology treatment center in the Southwest also means we have the most complete array of Diagnostic Tools
available for your furry friend. As has been said before, "knowing is half the battle." As with all centers, we have multiple nationally recognized laboratories at our disposal. Unlike some centers though, we have a large laboratory in our hospital where we can perform many tests the same day. On site, we have the most advanced CT scanner available for animals in Arizona. This 64-slice Toshiba CT scanner allows us to scan your pet very quickly, sometimes without anesthesia, with amazing detail. In Phoenix, our ability to use low levels of radiation to perform bone scans, thyroid scans and studies of the kidneys is unique to Arizona Veterinary Oncology (nuclear scintigraphy available on-site). We have three digital X-ray suites. We have fluoroscopy (moving X-rays) as well. We have a board-certified radiologist supervising our CT scans, X-rays, fluoroscopy and performing ultrasounds. We also have a board-certified cardiologist who can perform echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart). You and your pet will rarely need to be sent anywhere else for diagnostic testing if you come to our hospital.
We know that finding a pet oncologist is a big decision and we are happy that you have taken the time to consider Arizona Veterinary Oncology. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for in these pages, please feel free to Contact us
. While local and federal laws require us to have a client-patient relationship prior to giving medical advice, we can often answer the most common questions you will have.
Again, thank you for visiting our website. Should the need arise, we are here and available to help your furry friend and make them part of the Arizona Veterinary Oncology family.