Randhurst Animal Hospital

Formerly Des Plaines Family Pet Clinic


212 East Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

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Veterinary Chemotherapy Side Effects

General Chemotherapy Information for Veterinary Patients

We do not typically anticipate major side effects from the majority of chemotherapeutics in veterinary patients. If side effects are noted, they are generally minimal or self-limiting. Side effects noted at home may consist of mild lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, nausea, and/or diarrhea. Side effects typically occur 2-5 days following treatment pending on the chemotherapeutic administered. We commonly prescribe anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea medications that can be administered as needed if side effects are noted. If a patient is known to be more sensitive or has experienced previous side effects, then medications may be administered prophylactically as needed. If side effects persist more than 48 hours, then additional treatment may be warranted and we would reduce the next dose. Less than 5-10% of patients develop a fever and decreased white blood cells that require supportive care or 24-48 hours of hospitalization with intravenous fluids and antibiotics. If hospitalization is required and the white cells are reduced significantly, then we often never administer that particular chemotherapeutic again.

Gastrointestinal Side Effects, At-Home Management

Gastrointestinal Side Effects, In-Hospital Management

Neutropenia/Sepsis (decreased white cells, bacterial translocation)


Tumor Types

Veterinary Oncologist at Randhurst Animal Hospital

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212 East Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Veterinarians serving Mt Prospect, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Glenview, Morton Grove, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Palatine and surrounding areas
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