Cancer-stricken dogs get radiotherapy

An animal hospital in southern Sweden is to be the first in Scandinavia to offer radiotherapy for pets with cancer.

The Jönköping Animal Hospital inherited old equipment when the local human hospital decided to upgrade. It intends to use the machinery on sick cats and dogs.

“For the radiotherapy to be effective it must be given in several doses. That demands a dog that is otherwise in good health,” said Nanna Åkerlund, chief vet at the centre, to Swedish Television.

The treatment costs around 25,000 kronor and is draining for the animals. One of the first dogs in Sweden to have received radiotherapy is called Boy. His owner said that Boy was a “good hunting companion and a friend who means a lot to me.”