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Pets Get Cancer Too!

Did you know that 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime? In cats, mammary tumours are 85% malignant. Many other species such as hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and even reptiles are vulnerable to cancer as well.

What is a tumour?

The terms, tumour and mass are descriptions of the bump or swellings that your veterinarian might see or feel one on your pet. The term benign means the tumour grows locally and does not spread. However, malignant means the tumour can spread to any place in the body. Malignant and cancer are used interchangeably.

How is Cancer Diagnosed?

Your veterinarian requires comprehensive diagnostic testing to be able to give you a definitive answer of what that bump/swelling is. It starts with a complete physical examination, blood work, a sample of the tumour and then additional testing like X-rays, MRI and CAT Scans might be needed.

What does cancer testing and treatment cost?

Getting the correct diagnosis and proper treatment for your loving pet can be very expensive. Cancer treatment can range into the thousands of dollars. One way to help alleviate the cost is through Pet Insurance, and there are many different Pet Insurance companies. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital can help you choose the best one for you. If you start Pet Insurance when your pet is young, it is in place whenever you and your pet need it.

The other amazing option to help a family afford the proper cancer treatment for their pet is through an organization called Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society (ACTSS)

ACTSS is a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing affordable cancer treatment to veterinary cancer patients. Through their programs, they provide subsidies to dedicated pet owners that decide to take on the difficult journey in providing their pet with cancer treatment. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital will assist you with any questions you have regarding cancer treatment and ACTSS.

Cancer treatment for your loving family pet is now a realistic option!

Written by: Dr. Lisa Lomsnes, DVM

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Dear Clients,

As of December 11, 2020 our veterinary hospital will continue to operate with a closed-door policy.

1. WE WILL SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital