Safety for your pet and our staff is taken seriously at MSU. Chemotherapy administration is administered with attention being given to each patient individually. Our staff uses a special unit (chemotherapy "hood") to protect against inhalation of any chemotherapy agents. A closed system administration unit is also used to maximize sterility and accuracy while minimizing contamination of the environment. Our staff wears personal protective devices, such as gowns, gloves, face shields, masks, and goggles, depending on the chemotherapy agent being administered. If you are going to be given chemotherapy at home, we will describe the measures you should take to protect yourself and your other pets.
Most patients do not need to be sedated for their treatments and will be treated by at least two of our staff members gently restraining your pet. We will work with your pet to have the experience be enjoyable and to limit their stress. In certain situations, sedation for your pet may be the safest and least stressful way to administer a treatment. At the conclusion of the visit, we want your pet to be happy, comfortable, and most importantly, safe at our clinic.