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8 September 2008
Has anyone else come across concerns that dogs being given chemo should not around young children? When Maya was first diagnosed my veterinarian voiced this as a possible reason not to do chemo because I have 3 young kids. When I asked the oncologist he said “oh I havent heard that one in a while” but dismissed it as a wives tale and said there was nothing to worry about. I trusted him and she had her first treatment last Monday. I have tried to look up info about this but have not found much…is there any good info either proving or disproving that a dog going through chemo should not be around children? Thanks so much for anything that you have to contribute on this topic!
-Kathy & Maya
22 August 2008
As far as I know, there is no increased danger from kids being around dogs that have had chemo. These are the same drugs that they use on people and I have never heard of avoiding human chemo patients. However, these drugs are excreted in the urine so Tazzie’s oncologist told us to avoid direct contact with her urine for 48 hours, and we hosed down the area in the grass where she urinated so that our other dogs wouldn’t come into contact with it.
Hope this helps!
Pam and Tazzie
When Darcy was about to emark on her treatment, my vet told us that for the first two or three days after each treatment, we should pick up all of her toilet matter and dispose of them carefully and immediately. The reason is that apparently, the chemo drugs (which are carcinogens….or however you spell that) will come out in the toilet matter and of course, you don’t want this to come into contact with kids – or other pets or yourself for that matter. So as soon as Darcy had been to the toilet we picked it up or we flushed the area with water/disinfectant (although I’m not sure how great disinfectant is in this instance….but it made me feel better to do it!).
I would imagine that as long as your children are sensible and practice good personal hygiene and as long as you remove any toileting substances immediately, all would be fine
Darcy – tripawd since 16th October 2007.
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