It’s always scary when you find a tumor on your furry friend. No matter where it is or what kind of tumor it is, it’ll need to be removed. At Whiterock Animal Hospital, we’re here for the pets of East Dallas, Lochwood, Lake Highland, and Lakewood, TX. If your pet has a tumor that needs removal, here is some information to help you.
What Are Tumors?
Tumors are masses that are not supposed to be in the body. They can be either benign or malignant, meaning cancerous. Our veterinarian will want to biopsy the tumor to find out which it is. Tumors are often found at home or during your pet’s annual wellness exam.
How Are Tumors Removed?
The complexity of the surgery will depend on where the tumor is located. Many tumors are located on your pet’s skin. This calls for external pet surgery, in which the surgeon will only need to cut into the skin to remove it.
However, your pet might have a tumor inside of its body. This will require a full incision to remove. Your pet will be given anesthesia for the procedure, so they will not feel any pain. If the tumor is malignant, the doctors might need to remove some of the tissue around it as well. This is especially true for mammary tumors, which commonly impact dogs and cats and require the removal of mammary tissue in the abdomen. Our veterinarian will discuss your pet’s particular needs with you.
How Is Recovery from Tumor Removal?
Your pet’s recovery needs will depend on the type of tumor removal surgery they had, but all pets will require at least ten to fourteen days to rest and heal. They should also wear a specialized collar to keep them from licking at the incision, which could negatively affect healing. As the owner, you are responsible for making sure everything goes smoothly during recovery. Watch for any signs of trouble. If your pet had a skin tumor removed, you’ll also need to make sure that the skin isn’t getting infected. If there are any issues, call our veterinarian immediately.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Surgery in East Dallas, Lochwood, Lake Highland, and Lakewood, TX
Pet tumor removal can be scary, but it is done by professionals who want the best for your pet. If you’re concerned about a mass you found, or you want to set your pet up with the annual wellness exams that can find tumors early, call Whiterock Animal Hospital today at (214) 328-3255. We’re here to serve East Dallas, Lochwood, Lake Highland, and Lakewood TX veterinary needs.