If your pet has been diagnosed with a tumor, you may be considering surgery as a treatment option. While the thought of your pet undergoing surgery can be daunting, it's important to remember that modern veterinary medicine has come a long way. In Reisterstown, MD, and Owings Mills, MD, you can come to the veterinarians at TLC for Pets to conduct the tumor removal safely.
Below is a look at what you can expect during and after your pet's surgery.
What Is a Pet Tumor?
A pet tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. Tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Benign tumors are not usually life-threatening, although they can grow large enough to cause problems if left untreated. On the other hand, malignant tumors can be quite serious and may spread to other parts of the body.
Before the Surgery
A member of our veterinary team will conduct a diagnosis to determine if surgery is the best course of treatment for your pet. A veterinarian on our team may use or order ultrasound and x-ray procedures for the diagnosis. Diagnosis is necessary as it helps us understand the tumor's exact location.
With the correct information, they can plan the tumor removal operation to ensure the procedure is safe. Once it has been determined that surgery is the best option, you will be given instructions on how to prepare your pet for the procedure. A vet on our team can go over the details of the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have.
Pet surgery to remove the tumor is performed under general anesthesia. This means your pet will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
Your pet's surgeon will make an incision in the skin over the tumor. The tumor will then be removed, sometimes along with a margin of healthy tissue around it.
After surgery, your pet will be taken to a recovery area where veterinarians will closely monitor their vital signs. You will be given instructions on how to care for your pet at home and when to bring them back for a follow-up visit.
Visit Us for More Information
Pet tumors can affect their quality of life, so seeking treatment as soon as possible can be important. Our veterinarians at TLC for Pets can perform pet surgery and will work to ensure that your pet has a safe and successful procedure. If you are in the Reisterstown, MD, or Owings Mills, MD, area and your pet has been diagnosed with a tumor, call us at (410) 833-1717 to get care.