Anticoagulants are medications that prevent or reduce the formation of blood clots. Anticoagulant drugs are widely used in human medicine and are sometimes used for dogs with certain types of cancer.

Why Are Dogs Given Anticoagulants?

Anticoagulants are most often prescribed to treat cancer. Some cancers, such as mast cell tumors and osteosarcoma, grow quickly and can cause severe pain if they spread to other areas of the body (metastasize). In these cases, anticoagulants can be used to slow down tumor growth so that the animal’s quality of life improves while he is receiving treatment for the cancer.

Other cancers don’t metastasize but cause severe pain by growing into nearby nerves or blood vessels. These painful tumors can be treated with anticoagulants to stop their growth and relieve symptoms.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.