Oral Chemotherapy Information

This information is designed to help you minimize exposure to the chemotherapy drugs that your pet is receiving. Precautions should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure. By using the following techniques while handling, administering, or disposing of chemotherapy drugs, along with your pet’s waste, you will maximize the effect it has on your pet and minimizes any risk to you and your family.

  • Always keep the chemotherapy pills in the package that we have provided you with.
  • When handling the chemotherapy medication we provide you, always wear the blue gloves that are included inside of the bag with the medication. If the gloves that we have provided you are damaged, you may use powder-free latex or vinyl gloves instead.
  • DO NOT crush or split the chemotherapy pills for any reason.
  • Chemotherapy pills may be put in your pet’s food provided you make sure that your pet swallows the pills.
  • Wash your hands after administering the chemotherapy drugs to your pet.
  • After you have given your pet all of the chemotherapy pills we have provided you in the package, please bring it back to us for proper disposal.
  • Your pet’s waste (urine, feces, or vomit) will be contaminated for 72 hours after each treatment.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning up your pet’s contaminated waste.
  • You may either double bag or flush your pet’s feces to properly dispose of it.
  • If your pet soils any item in your household, you may use bleach or Lysol to clean it up.
  • If you use paper towels to clean up your pet’s waste, they should be double-bagged before you put them in the trash.
  • Any linen used to clean up your pet’s waste should be washed separately from any other laundry.
  • If you are pregnant or are trying to conceive, you should not handle any chemotherapy drugs or dispose of any waste.
  • Keep all chemotherapy drugs, packaging, and waste away from children.

Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project