With recent advances in veterinary oncology for cats and dogs, clients and their pets have more options and hope than ever before when it comes to treating cancer. We are committed to making clients part of the treatment team, offering them the broadest range of effective treatments for their pets, along with frank, compassionate discussion about therapeutic options. At VSH, our clients find the optimal combination of technology and compassion that they would expect for themselves and other family members if they were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
VSH treats pets that are referred to us by their general/family veterinarians. If you have already received a referral and require veterinary oncology for your cat(s) and/or dog(s), please book an appointment at the VSH location nearest you:
- North County: (760) 466-0600
- San Diego: (858) 875-7500
Board-Certified Specialists and Advanced Equipment
Our oncology department is led by board-certified medical oncologists Dr. Brenda Phillips and Dr. Andi Flory and board-certified radiation oncologist Dr. Blaise Burke. Together, they determine the combination of chemotherapy and radiation that can be administered to provide optimal results to patients for whom a multi-modality approach is appropriate. The oncology department actively collaborates with other VSH specialists to aid in thorough and early detection of cancer, including the use of imaging with CT, MRI, ultrasound, endoscopy and non-invasive biopsies. In conjunction with other medical departments, surgical procedures, critical care, and nutritional support are available.
The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego was the first veterinary hospital in the city to have an in-house linear accelerator for radiation therapy. What's more, our advanced treatment computer allows Dr. Burke to prescribe the precise amount of radiation to his patients, optimizing effectiveness while reducing side effects. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Flory are active in clinical trials, offering the most advanced medical treatments to patients.
In addition to veterinary oncology for cats and dogs, we also offer many other forms of pet care - learn more about our first-rate veterinary healthcare specialists and services.
Veterinary Oncology Services and Procedures
- Client education and support
- Quality of life enhancement
- Diagnostic Imaging - CT, MRI, ultrasound, endoscopy
- Minimally-invasive biopsy
- Multi-modality therapy - systemic chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical services
- Nutritional support
- Clinical trials
- Palliative Care
Early Detection Saves Lives!
When detected early, cancer in dogs and cats is usually very treatable. Unfortunately, the disease often progresses when undiagnosed because cancer symptoms, including tumors and lymphoma, are unrecognized or ignored. The oncology staff at VSH recommends that pet owners work with their family veterinarians to be educated on the signs and symptoms of cancer.
If you have any questions about veterinary oncology for cats and dogs or about the services we provide at VSH, please send us an email. Are you a veterinarian hoping to contact our team about one of your patients? Please request a consultation with one of our professionals today.