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Leukemia (Chronic) in Cats


Treatment

 

If the cat is displaying no symptoms, your veterinarian may recommend against treatment. Otherwise, chemotherapy remains the most popular form of treatment. A veterinary oncologist will be able to devise a treatment plan based on the cat and stage of the disease. In some patients, the spleen may need to be removed to avoid complications.

 

Living and Management

 

Regular monitoring and checkups are necessary to evaluate the cat's response to treatment and the progression of the disease. Moreover, regular blood, cardiac, and body system testing will be required if the cat is undergoing chemotherapy. This is because cats are more prone to infection when taking chemotherapeutic drugs. In case of serious complications, your veterinarian may reduce dosages or stop the treatment altogether.

 

Should you be required to administer the drugs, your veterinarian will instruct you as to the dosage and frequency. Do not ever increase or reduce the dosage of drugs without prior consulting with your veterinarian. These chemotherapeutic agents are just as toxic to humans, and should only be administered under strict guidelines. 

 

 

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