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Q. “Are there any precautions that I need to take while my pet is on chemotherapy?”

A. As with handling any prescription medications, there are some precautions you ought to take. For chemotherapy drugs that are orally administered at home, be sure to keep pills and capsules out of children’s reach. Most chemotherapy pills and capsules have a protective coating; however, it is recommended that latex or polyvinyl gloves be worn when handling these medications.

Also, do not to cut chemotherapy pills into pieces or open the capsules, as this can expose drug particles into the environment. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing, you may wish to make arrangements for someone else administer your pet’s chemotherapy drugs. Day By Day Pet Caregivers Support offers a list of resources to help you find someone to come to your home to help administer your pet’s drugs.