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Surgical Tumor Removal for Cats

Surgical Tumor Removal for Cats

Your vet may opt to surgically remove a tumor to keep your cat healthy and happy.

Finding a tumor or growth on your cat can be a devastating experience. A tumor can indicate more severe health problems, such as cancer. Even the healthiest of cats can be affected by tumors despite the diligent work of their owner. Your vet may opt to surgically remove the tumor to keep your cat healthy and happy. Here is everything you need to know about surgical tumor removal for cats.

What is Surgical Tumor Removal?

Surgical tumor removal is the removal of a mass of cells from the animal’s body. A tumor is a collection of cells that have started to divide rapidly in a localized area for unknown reasons. The growth can be benign or malignant. Your vet may choose to have the tumor removed even if it is not cancerous, especially if it is at risk for rupture or impeding mobility. 

Effectiveness of Surgical Tumor Removal

The effectiveness of surgical tumor removal depends on the cat and the nature of the tumor. Generally, removing any tumor or growth will prevent the surrounding tissues and organs from being affected, resulting in additional health issues. If the cat’s tumor is cancerous, removing the tumor will hopefully remove all of the cancer and prevent it from spreading. If you have any concerns, be sure to ask your veterinarian about the advantage of surgically removing the tumor and the likelihood of a positive outcome. It is common, and helpful for surgical planning, to have cytology or biopsy testing to determine the type of tumor prior to surgery.

Surgical Tumor Removal Recovery

Depending on your cat’s health, surgical tumor removal may require a period of hospitalization after the surgery. During this time, the veterinary staff will look after your cat and administer pain management medications and antibiotics to prevent infection. Once your cat is allowed to return home, be sure to limit its physical activities to ensure a speedy recovery. Also, your vet will likely put an e-collar on the cat to prevent it from biting or ripping the stitches. Be sure to continue administering prescribed medications at home as directed by the veterinarian. 

We here at Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services pride ourselves on providing a clean and safe environment for your companion. If your pet requires surgery, we will do everything in our power to return your furry friend to an active life free from pain.

Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health

Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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