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Tumors or lumps are common occurrences in the aged feline/canine but can show up at any time. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
It is recommended that any tumor or lump be evaluated by a veterinarian when it first appears to rule out malignancy. This usually requires aspirating the tumor using a needle and syringe and looking at the sample under a microscope. If malignancy is suspected early detection and removal can prevent metastasis (spread) to other locations in the body.
Benign tumor removal may be recommended for a few reasons. It may be in a location that inhibits the range of motion of a limb, at a location that any increase in tumor size may make removal difficult such as the throat area or limbs, it is bothersome to the pet, or it is aesthetically displeasing (ugly) to the owner.
Histopathology (sending a tumor to a lab to have a pathologist diagnose the origin) may be recommended in cases where a microscopic examination wasn’t performed or definitive. To schedule an appointment for a surgical consultation please call our office at 715-268-8131.