If you've noticed an unusual lump or bump when caring for your pet, it's possible that your pet has a tumor. Tumors are abnormal masses of tissue caused by cell growth and can be malignant or benign. At Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic in Philadelphia, PA, we can check the mass on your pet to see if it needs to be removed.
How Does a Veterinarian Diagnose a Tumor?
Some tumors are harmless and only need to be monitored. Others may be cancerous, requiring the mass to be removed as soon as possible. Our vet will likely need to obtain and test a tumor sample.
Our vet might use a small, thin needle to remove cells from your pet's tumor so that they can be tested. If the results of the test are inconclusive, we may recommend a biopsy. During a biopsy, your pet will be placed under anesthesia. The veterinarian will remove part of the tumor or the entire growth and test the cells that they remove.
When Do Pets Need Tumor Removal?
Once your pet has a diagnosis, you'll be able to determine what your next step should be. It's likely that our vet will recommend surgery if the tumor is malignant. A malignant tumor can spread, making early removal essential.
If the tumor is benign, our vet may monitor the growth to see how it develops. Some types of benign tumors can cause pain and discomfort and are then removed. You'll have the chance to ask questions and learn more about the procedure before your pet undergoes surgery.
Pet Care after Tumor Removal
If a mass is removed at our animal hospital, your pet may have stitches from the incision made during removal. You'll probably need to keep this wound dry while it heals. You may be asked to monitor your pet to make sure that it doesn't lick or paw at the wound.
Your pet will likely be under anesthesia during surgery, and they may be groggy when you bring them home from the vet clinic. You should watch your pet for signs of complications. Our vet on our veterinary team will tell you what to look for.
Bring Your Pet to Our Philadelphia Animal Hospital
While tumors aren't always dangerous, they can be a sign of cancer or other serious health issues. If you are concerned about a tumor your pet has, get your animal should be checked out at our vet clinic. At Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic in Philadelphia, PA, we can remove tumors and provide a range of pet care services. Reach out to us if you've noticed a lump on your pet. Call us at (215) 621-8959 for more veterinary information.