Approximately 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer at some stage in their life. Treatment success rates in dogs with cancer depend on the type of cancer. Lymphoma, a common cancer in dogs accounting for 8% of cancers, is particularly susceptible to chemotherapy.
It is estimated that approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and a similar number are made in cats each year. Cancer represents one of the major causes of death in dogs.
Hazardous drugs can have toxic effects on the human body, including carcinogenic, teratogenic (causing birth defects), and mutagenic effects. Prolonged or repeated exposure to these drugs can lead to adverse health effects, such as reproductive disorders, organ damage, and an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers.
Exposure to hazardous drugs can occur through various routes including inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, and injection. Inhalation of drug particles or vapors is a common route of exposure, particularly during the preparation, administration, or disposal of these drugs. Skin contact can also be a significant route of exposure if proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is not used.
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants, and other professionals need to protect themselves from exposure to agents that can have harmful short- or long-term effects.
Without the proper protocols in your veterinary practice, you may not realize when a surface is contaminated or if there are potentially harmful particles in the air. If contamination occurs, it is dangerous not only for staff members but for anyone who comes into the practice, including customers.
Chemfort® CSTD products provide safety by minimizing the exposure of veterinarians, veterinary staff, and animal owners to hazardous drugs.