Pets can develop tumors on their skin or internal organs that interfere with normal function or become unsightly. Our veterinarian can determine the severity of these tumors and whether they should be removed. Our team is committed to helping pets maintain their health and wellness at any stage of life. That’s why we at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn, NY provide tumor removal for our patients.
What Causes Tumor Growths?
It’s difficult to pinpoint the causes of tumor growth in pets. Some breeds of dogs can be more prone to developing cancerous tumors. Environmental factors can also play a part, such as if insecticides, herbicides, or solvents are used around the animal routinely. Obesity or a diet high in carbohydrates can cause tumor growth. Sun exposure and hormonal factors can also cause tumors. While aging is one of the most significant factors for tumor development, tumors can also be caused by weak immune system function.
Diagnosing Tumors in Pets
Our vet can provide various tests to determine the type of tumor your pet has and the stage of its development. These details can be important in choosing the appropriate treatment. The word tumor is used to describe both benign, non-cancerous growths, and malignant cancerous ones. Determining the type of the tumor requires blood testing and looking at sample tissue under a microscope. Benign tumors do not spread and can be easily removed. Malignant tumors may spread to other organs and can require additional treatment.
How Is Tumor Removal Done?
Generally, animals are put under general anesthesia to remove the tumor. Our vet will remove the growth and a margin of tissue around it. Then, the wound is sutured, and a bandage is applied. Recovery from tumor removal surgery generally takes around 10 to 14 days, during which you may be required to change the dressing and administer medications if needed. Follow-up visits ensure that the wound has healed completely. Our veterinarian will advise you on further treatment when needed.
Contact Us for Pet Surgery from Our Brooklyn Veterinarian
Dr. Dendtler is committed to providing her knowledge and experience in veterinary care for pets in and around the Brooklyn area. We offer many services for pets, including wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, dental care, microchipping, emergency care, and more. Contact our professional staff at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic today at (718) 623-3999 for an appointment or to learn more about tumor removal to help your pet.