We never want to think about our pets getting sick, but it’s something that happens. Sometimes, that sickness comes in the form of an unwanted growth, also called a tumor. Tumors are a scary concept, but with good medical care, they don’t have to be quite so terrifying. At Cordova Station Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Warner provide excellent tumor care to help your pet maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Tumors can range in where they appear, how large they are, and how much they impact your pet’s life. Benign tumors are non-cancerous, but they can still present health problems that merit surgical removal. Malignant tumors are cancerous, and they must be treated completely. In general, your vet will prescribe the excising of a tumor if it represents a medical problem for your pet. In some cases, the doctor may err on the side of caution and remove a harmless tumor before it has a chance to grow into something worse.
The Tumor Removal Procedure
Typically, the process starts with a biopsy. The vet will remove part of the tumor for analysis which helps shape the procedure. More often than not, a tumor removal will come with blood testing, radiography, and liver scans. All of these tests are to check for cancerous spreading and to gauge the full scope of the problem.
Once that is done, the tumor can be removed. The surgery is similar to what a human would experience. Your pet will receive an anesthetic to make the surgery itself painless. While the pet is under, the tumor is removed and any incisions are sutured.
Recovery will depend on the pet and the extent of the surgery. The average recovery time is 10 to 14 days, but keep in mind that the specific conditions applying to your pet can change this number considerably. In most cases, your pet will need to avoid exertion and vigorous activity during recovery. Once the doctor gives the all-clear in follow-ups, your pet can resume normal activity and living their best life.
Pet Surgery in Cordova
If you have concerns about your pet’s behavior or the appearance of a lump, go ahead and bring your pet to Cordova Station Animal Hospital or call us at (901) 753-3540. We’ll check your pet out and give the veterinary care he or she needs to make sure your pet recovers quickly. When it comes to treating tumors in Cordova, TN, we aim to be the reliable veterinarians you can trust with your best friend.