Clinton Hill Animal Clinic Offers Treatment for
Feline Mast Cell Tumors (Mastocytoma)
Cats sometimes develop abnormal growths of tissue, called mastocytoma, that require veterinary attention. These mast cell growths may be external or internal and can cause a number of problems for felines. At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn, NY, we provide treatment of mast cell tumors in cats.
Understanding Mast Cell Tumors (Mastocytoma)
Mast cells are a particular type of white blood cells that are a normal part of the immune system. However, these cells sometimes experience abnormal proliferation, resulting in tumors that can occur on the surface of the skin, under the skin, or on internal organs, such as the pancreas and intestines. About 90 percent of mast cell tumors are benign, but the other 10 percent can be a serious health problem for your cat.
Symptoms of Mast Cell Tumors
Pet owners may notice an unusual lump on their cat’s skin. These tumors are generally hairless, but may become reddened and itchy. The cat may groom or chew the bump. Symptoms of internal mast cell tumors include decreased appetite, vomiting, and weight loss. The animal may seem lethargic or depressed.
Diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumors
Your vet in Brooklyn will do a thorough physical exam of your pet’s body, taking note of any unusual bumps or lumps on the surface. Mast cells tumors are generally diagnosed by needle aspiration of cells within the mass, which are then viewed under a microscope. Blood work and x-rays may also be done to determine the extent of the tumor intrusion into the body.
Treatments for Mast Cell Tumors
Removal of the tumors is the standard procedure for external tumors. Antihistamine medications are administered to counteract the histamine that is produced by these tumors. Generally, this treatment is successful for external mast cell tumors. Tumors on the internal organs may be more problematic, requiring surgery, as well as chemotherapy to halt the proliferation of cells.
Make Clinton Hill Animal Clinic Your Veterinarian in Brooklyn
Dr. Dendtler uses her many years of experience to provide superior care for pets in Brooklyn, NY, and the nearby communities. Our animal hospital offers a range of veterinary services, including exams; vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, emergency care, and cat boarding. Call Clinton Hill Animal Clinic today at (718) 623-3999 for an appointment to learn about current treatments for mast cell tumors in cats.