Children Around Pets Getting Cancer Treatment

Last Modified: September 17, 2012

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If a pet is getting treated for cancer, can he be around my small children?

Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM Veterinary Medical Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania responds:

It depends on the type of treatment your dog is receiving. The potential concerns would be any exposure of your children to vomit, urine, or feces after a pet has been treated with chemotherapy as well as concerns about how your pet might act around children if he or she is feeling ill or in any pain related to the cancer treatment.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from When a Beloved Pet has Cancer.

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