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Tumor and Mass Removal

What is a tumor?

A tumor is a solid mass of tissue that forms when abnormal cells group together. Tumors can affect bones, skin, tissue, organs and glands. Although many are not cancerous (they’re benign), they still may need treatment. 

Should masses be removed?

Dogs and cats unfortunately develop masses that can cause serious and potentially life-threatening problems for pets. Thus their removal is sometimes imperative to maximize the best possible outcome for affected animals. The degree of post-operative care a patient requires varies depending on a variety of factors, most notably the site of surgery, invasiveness of the removed mass, and current health conditions of the pet. 

What impacts the decision to remove a mass? 

One aspect to consider would be determining whether or not the mass is cancerous or benign. If the mass is cancerous it would be highly recommended to remove the mass before it continues to spread. If it was benign there would be less urgency but still worth removing if the pet seems bothered by it, or it is in an area that reduces any mobility. As some masses grow they begin to pull the skin which can become uncomfortable pretty quickly depending on how fast it grows. Another aspect that can impact the decision to remove a mass is a pets overall health. If they have pre-existing medical conditions we would run bloodwork prior to surgery to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo general anesthetic. In some cases the risks associated with general anesthetic outweigh the benefits of mass removal.

If you notice a mass or growth on your pet, we highly recommend booking an appointment so the vet can further assess the area and determine the plan going forward with you pets best interest in mind.