Tumor removal at White Marsh Animal Hospital
While petting your cats or dogs, it can be concerning to suddenly feel a lump or bump on their skin. Many pet owners think the worst when they encounter lumps on their pets’ skin. Taking your pet to the veterinarian for a full evaluation following the discovery of a lump can help diagnose and treat your pet. Below are some commonly asked questions about pet tumor removal.
What Is a Tumor?
Generally speaking, a tumor is an abnormal growth on the body. A tumor is the growth of abnormal cells that have begun to replicate. Not every tumor is dangerous or a health concern. Many pet tumors are simply benign masses that can be safely removed. After discovering a tumor on your pet, it is always best to have the tumor examined by a veterinary professional. A vet will be able to biopsy and remove the tumor to properly diagnose the tumor and begin treatment.
What Are Different Types of Tumors?
One of the most common growths on a pet is a lipoma. This is a collection of fatty skin cells that forms just below the surface of the skin. Relatively common in cats and dogs, this benign tumor usually begins to form on animals at about 5 years of age. Another common tumor is a mast cell tumor. This tumor is smaller and is often red and itchy. Mast cell tumors can be benign or malignant and must be tested. Lastly, a lymphoma tumor is a tumor that forms in the lymph nodes. These tumors are cancerous and should be treated with chemotherapy or radiation.
What Should I Expect in Surgery?
Just like any surgery, your pet will be put under anesthesia during the procedure. Following surgery, your veterinarian will give you aftercare treatment instructions. Depending on the size of the tumor and the location it was removed from, your pet may need to be on pain medications or have a restricted exercise regimen. Your veterinarian will send the mass off for testing and confirm a diagnosis. If the tumor is found to be malignant, a veterinarian may treat your cat or dog with immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or radiation. It is important to work together with a veterinarian to come up with a customized treatment plan for your cat or dog.
We want your pets to be as healthy as possible. Our team at White Marsh Animal Hospital is passionate about treating each animal as if he or she were our own. Our veterinarian team is caring, knowledgeable, and dedicated. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (410) 335-8400.