after diagnosis

There is nothing easy about receiving a cancer diagnosis — after all, pets are family! It’s natural to look for something or someone to blame, but the sad truth is that most of the time, cancer just happens.

First rule? Get the facts and try not to panic. Veterinarians know more about these diseases (and treatment options) than ever before. In fact some treatment options are even more advanced than those in human medicine!

From here out, it’s important to live in the present. If your pet’s cancer is treatable (and you decide to take that road), you’ll need to help your best friend prepare for battle. No matter what, you’ll want to keep your pet as comfortable as possible, and focus and on having great times with your pet every day, as long as you can!

what are the treatment options?

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are common treatments, but this largely depends on the type of cancer. Your veterinarian should thoroughly explain the treatment options for your pet.

Keep in mind that every veterinarian is different and has different opinions about cancer treatments. So if you feel that your goals and your vet’s goals are different, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion!

You are your pet’s voice and advocate. Learn more about this important role in an interview with Dr. Nancy Kay, excerpted from fetch! magazine.

treatment options

  • surgery: used to remove a tumor to stop metastasis.
  • chemotherapy: the use of chemicals (drugs) to treat cancer.
  • radiation therapy: the use of a focused beam of radiation to kill cancer cells.
  • medication: Drugs used to treat cancer, such as Palladia for osteosarcoma
  • integrative approaches: the addition of complementary and alternative care such as nutritional and herbal therapies, acupuncture, and other holistic modalities

how pet insurance helps

Treating cancer can get expensive quickly, not to mention the emotional cost of coping with your pet’s diagnosis. Pet insurance can relieve some of that worry by giving you the ability to make a medical decision about the care they receive, instead of a financial one — thus allowing you to focus on what truly matters!

If cancer is something you’re concerned about, it’s important to protect your pet as soon as possible, since no pet insurance provider will offer coverage for a pre-existing condition.

choose coverage that:

  • pays for cancer treatments without the need for “additional coverage”
  • covers chronic conditions like cancer into old age

cost of care

average cost to treat cancer*

dogs: $1,950

cats: $2,751

treatment costs are going up*

The cost to treat cancer in dogs and cats is increasing by about $100 a year

could cost as much as...*

A large mixed-breed dog named Carbon has received more than $42,000 to treat lymphoma

*according to Petplan claims data, 2015

Petplan supports pet cancer research

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. Since its founding in 1948, it has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies, like its Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. These efforts have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide.

Petplan has proudly supported Morris Animal Foundation since 2011 through sponsorship of the K9 Cancer Walk series, educational articles in fetch! magazine, and thousands of dollars in donations — including a $12 donation in honor of every insured pet who passes away.