Animal Cancer Centre

There is a place, just up the road in Guelph, where animals who are battling cancer can receive the same high-tech care that humans regularly access. The Animal Cancer, as its name suggests, treats dogs and cats with chemotherapy, radiation, and all the medical forces they can muster to sustain the life of pets. Spec reporter Jeff Mahoney and I visited, to see for ourselves. Here’s a look at what we found. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Joey, who has cancer, waits to begin his chemotherapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29 ,2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Joey, who has cancer, waits to begin his chemotherapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Joey gets an examination. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Joey gets an examination. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Stethoscopes hanging on wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Stethoscopes hanging on wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Sheldon, a Sheltie, waits in a hallway.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Sheldon, a Sheltie, waits in a hallway. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Registered veterinarian technicians Melanie Brooks, left, and Victoria Heinbecker give a needle to a cat in for treatment.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Registered veterinarian technicians Melanie Brooks, left, and Victoria Heinbecker give a needle to a cat in for treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Kaya Skowronsky opens a compartment that holds samples of tumours taken from animals. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Kaya Skowronsky opens a compartment that holds samples of tumours taken from animals. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Blood samples on a desk in the lab. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Blood samples on a desk in the lab. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Radiation oncologist  Val Poirier examines Lucky with owner Stephanie Desovic. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Radiation oncologist Val Poirier examines Lucky with owner Stephanie Desovic. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Lucky gets a kiss from owner Stephanie Desovic following successful treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Lucky gets a kiss from owner Stephanie Desovic following successful treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Registered veterinarian technicians Victoria Heinbecker and Melanie Brooks give a chemo treatment.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Registered veterinarian technicians Victoria Heinbecker and Melanie Brooks give a chemo treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.  Victoria Heinbecker administers chemotherapy to a dog. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Victoria Heinbecker administers chemotherapy to a dog. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Victoria Heinbecker administers chemotherapy.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Victoria Heinbecker administers chemotherapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Zeus about to undergo radiation therapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Zeus about to undergo radiation therapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Zeus about to undergo radiation therapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Zeus about to undergo radiation therapy. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Technicians control Zeus' radiation treatment from a safe room using computers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Technicians control Zeus’ radiation treatment from a safe room using computers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Technicians looking at imaging of Zeus, a cat undergoing radiation treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Technicians looking at imaging of Zeus, a cat undergoing radiation treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29,2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Anethesia tech Jenn Nowell monitors a computer while radiation treatment goes on. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Anesthesia tech Jenn Nowell monitors a computer while radiation treatment goes on. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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