By Kathy Mordini
Two weeks ago, Max received his first chemotherapy treatment. He responded in his normal uncatlike manner – like it was a party – and proceeded to charm the entire Oncology Department. If you’ve dealt with chemotherapy before you know that getting the treatment is the easy part. What happens next is generally not so easy…unless you’re a pet.
In general, most pets tolerate chemotherapy better than people. There are pets that can have reactions and do get sick. In Max’s particular case, he is being treated with Vinblastine for his mast cell tumors. It’s a treatment that most cats tolerate very well.
Among my group of friends, many of us were already part of our little “team rescue” club. However, we didn’t think that we’d be starting a special club called “team cancer” with our pets. No matter what prognosis our pets are facing, we are all on board on one game plan – extra love, treats and fun for our pets.
As far as Max is concerned, it’s two down and one more chemotherapy treatment to go before we start radiation where his journey will continue.
Kathy Mordini is the Continuing Education Specialist at VSC. Max is a rescue kitty who truly believes he’s not a cat. He volunteers as a certified therapy cat for Love on a Leash. He likes visiting nursing homes but his favorite thing is participating in the ]reading program at his local library.