We provide services to dogs, cats and occasionally exotic pets (with the help of our Exotics team). Our patient-centered approach means your pet will receive compassionate quality care with the advanced cancer diagnostic tests available at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital. Quality of life is our central focus.
What types of tumors do we treat? While we see the atypical cancers, some of the more common ones we treat include:
- Canine and feline lymphoma
- Mast cell tumor
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Transitional cell carcinoma (bladder and prostate tumors)
- Lung tumors
- Injection-site sarcoma
- Oral tumors
- Mammary cancers
- Nasal tumors
As a large hospital with a comprehensive range of specialties, we do in-house:
- Radiographs (x-rays)
- CAT scan
- Endoscopy, rhinoscopy
Tumor samples can be submitted for biopsy or cytology; a clinical pathologist is on staff at MLAH. We may also recommend getting further information by performing flow cytometry, PARR, or immunocytochemistry/immunohistochemistry.
If surgery is indicated, we work closely with our surgeons to arrange the best care for your pet. If you are interested in a surgical-oncology appointment, in which you can meet with both a surgeon and an oncologist at the initial consult, please don’t hesitate to ask.
In addition to surgical intervention, we offer both traditional chemotherapy (injectable and oral) and non-traditional chemotherapy (metronomic, tyrosine kinase inhibitors). We also do immunotherapy (melanoma vaccine), refer to nearby radiation facilities if needed, and can work with you and your pet for appropriate palliative care.
What To Expect At Your Visit
For your initial consultation, you will meet with an oncologist and our nursing team. We will review your pet’s history and previous tests and complete a thorough physical exam. Please have your vet send over all medical records as soon as you book the appointment, including radiographs and labwork; please also bring a list of medications your pet is taking.
We will then discuss our next recommendations and provide an estimate. This may include additional diagnostic tests to determine the next best course of action, or staging tests to allow us to know the extent of disease. Some of these require sedation or anesthesia, so we kindly request that you fast your pet from midnight the night before (water is fine). We will develop a diagnostic and therapeutic plan that will work for you and your family.
Some results may be available the same day, and others take longer. Depending on the cancer and available test results, treatment may be initiated the same day. Regardless, we will try to provide as much information as possible so you can make informed decisions on your 4-legged family member.