Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a new ground-breaking treatment option for dogs with cancer. Cancer cells normally grow and spread because the immune system fails to recognize them as abnormal, allowing them to continue to metastasize. K9-ACV is an immunotherapy vaccine used to help the dog’s immune system recognize the cancer cells as detrimental and attack them. If the dog has a tumor that can be removed, a vaccine can be created for that patient. First the tumor is removed and shipped to Medivet labs where the tumor and the cancerous cells are used to create a vaccine that alerts the body that those specific cancer cells are harmful. The personalized cancer vaccine is then administered to the dog, which “wakes-up” the immune system and helps it to recognize the dangerous cancer cells within the dog’s body. The immune system then naturally starts killing the cancer cells and potentially helps prevent them from spreading further.   The immunotherapy vaccine is created in the Medivet lab using your dog’s own specific cancer cells. Veterinary Healing Centers is then able to administer the vaccine. Three vaccines are created and administered 4 weeks apart.

The following are common cancers that are treatable with the immunotherapy cancer treatment vaccine in dogs:

  • Lymphoma
  • Mast cell tumor
  • Sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Splenic or hepatic hemangiosarcoma
  • Skin tumors
  • Mammary tumors

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