FAQ's: Chemotherapy and Monitoring Temperature

Why do I need to monitor my dog’s temperature during chemo treatment?

You should consider investing in an in-the-ear pet thermometer (unless you’re proficient at taking a rectal temperature), as it’s important to monitor your dog for fever throughout treatment.  Because chemotherapy drugs often affect the bone marrow and reduce the body’s ability to produce new blood cells, including the white blood cells responsible for fighting infection, it’s very important to identify and treat any infections that might occur as early as possible, as this is potentially the most serious side effect of chemotherapy.  A fever is a  indication that your dog could have an infection of some kind.  Your dog’s white blood cell count will generally be at its lowest 5-7 days after treatment, and this is when they are most susceptible to developing an infection.  If your dog develops a temperature, call your vet immediately.  This is an emergency!

This website is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinary professional, and is for informational purposes only.   Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist before giving your dog any supplements or pursuing any alternative cancer therapies. 

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