Cancer is a common diagnosis in companion animals and, increasingly, clients choose to pursue treatment for their pets. Veterinary oncology is a rapidly growing field and diagnostic and treatment options for animals with cancer are constantly improving and becoming more widely available. Treatment outcomes can be good, but in many cases definitive treatment is not an option and palliative treatment is necessary. This article explores the palliative care of dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with cancer and summarises the various treatment options, with a particular focus on quality of life and the role of communication in the decision-making process.
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