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It's only natural to be alarmed when you're petting your dog or cat and feel a strange lump that wasn't there before. Masses and tumors do occur in pets, and not infrequently. Even though some of these lumps turn out to be harmless, others can be dangerous cancers. Fortunately, our Gresham and Troutdale veterinary team at Paws & Claws Medical Center can perform the necessary tumor or mass removal and test the mass or tumor for malignancy.
Your dog or cat is more likely than not to develop some sort of suspicious mass at some point in his life. These lesions can be caused by a variety of issues, some more worrying than others. Examples include:
Some cancerous tumors may develop in the internal organs or metastasize to the organs from some other primary type of cancer, such as melanoma.
It's always a good idea to get any unexplained lump checked by any Gresham or Troutdale veterinarian on our team. We will often recommend that a mass or tumor be removed if only so we can perform a biopsy from a tissue sample. Once a preliminary exam has been performed, we will sedate or anesthetize your pet to perform this surgery.
The results of the biopsy can tell us whether the mass or tumor is benign or malignant. If the mass is benign, then its removal is the end of the matter. If we find evidence of malignant cancer, we will want to take immediate steps to remove any remaining cancerous tissue. This may include additional surgery and/or treatment methods such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and/or radiation therapy. Once your pet is safely home, you'll need to make sure you give him his prescribed pain medication and follow our instructions for monitoring his recuperation. The amount of pain medication and length of recovery time will depend on how invasive the mass or tumor removal was.
If your pet has a mass that needs attention, don't hesitate to bring him to Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center. Call 503-661-1833 for an appointment with your Gresham or Troutdale veterinarian!