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Preventive Care Tips for Dogs & Cats with Cancer with Dr. Leeper

Haley J. Leeper, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Oregon State University



In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, talks with Haley J. Leeper, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Top 5 Preventive Care Tips for Dogs & Cats with Cancer.” Dr. Leeper highlights the significant role veterinary general practitioners play in managing pets with chronic illnesses, covering everything from vaccines to blood work to supplements. She also shares different ways we can set ourselves—and each other—up for success.

Key Takeaways

  • Vaccinations should be tailored to the patient, but consider delaying vaccines until 1-2 months after chemotherapy finishes.
  • Routine parasite preventatives should be maintained during cancer treatment. Any potential risk is much lower than the risk from the parasites themselves.
  • Delay elective procedures until after chemo has finished.
  • Utilize a diet that is balanced and maintains healthy body weight—and try to avoid raw diets in immunocompromised patients.
  • Neutrophil counts, platelet counts, and PCV should be monitored for every chemo patient.

About the Guest

Haley J. Leeper, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), is an assistant clinical professor at Oregon State University. Dr. Leeper earned her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She also completed a small animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State University, as well as an oncology internship and a 3-year residency in medical oncology at Oregon State University. Her interests include clinical research in comparative oncology topics that can benefit both companion animal and human health.

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  • Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
  • Alexis Ussery - Producer & Digital Content Coordinator
  • Randall Stupka - Podcast Production & Sound Editing
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