What is a brain tumour and what causes it?

This form of cancer affects either the covering of brain tissue or the brain itself. A brain tumour will usually develop over time as a result of age, and there aren’t thought to be any external factors affecting the likelihood of it happening.


What are the signs of brain tumours in dogs and cats?

Your pet’s symptoms will relate to the location of the tumour. Some common symptoms can include:

  • Epileptic seizures
  • Disorientation and vacancy
  • Weakness
  • Blindness

Although these symptoms are commonly associated with brain tumours, they can also be linked to many other conditions, so a proper diagnosis is important.

 

How do we treat brain tumours?

Our oncology specialists work closely with other departments to ensure the right course of treatment for the particular type of tumour.

Chemotherapy – Some tumours respond well to medication, so chemotherapy can be the best option. It’s similar to the anti-cancer drugs used in human cases, but in lower doses.

Radiotherapy – If suitable, we can offer radiotherapy treatment for brain tumours. This can be a good option for larger tumours.

Surgery – Surgery may be possible if the tumour is located on the surface of the brain. If the tumour is too deep, we’ll probably avoid the surgical route so as not to cause further damage to the area.

 

Here to help, no matter what the circumstances

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be really worrying, and ultimately you just want the best for your pet. We’ll be there every step of the way, to talk you through what’s happening and give your animal the best possible care when they need us the most.