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Mass Removal

Pet owners typically notice masses and tumors growing on their pets before veterinarians do. You likely spend a lot of time petting your cat or dog, which means that you might spot something that feels different about your pet. IF you notice a lump or any other skin-related issue, contact our veterinary clinic for a proper assessment. Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray provides a variety of veterinary services, including mass removal. If you are concerned about a mass you have discovered on your pet, our veterinarians can help you determine what steps you need to take next.

Mass Removal

Benign and Malignant Masses

Most masses are benign. This means that they do not contain cancer and that your pet may not be at greater risk for any type of serious illness. Still, these masses can be uncomfortable and may require some treatment. Malignant tumors are less common but are more dangerous. They may cause cancer, which may mean your pet needs more intensive treatment after the mass is removed. Your pet may need to undergo chemotherapy if the mass is determined to be potentially cancerous.

When Is Mass Removal Necessary?

In the case of a benign tumor, our veterinarians may suggest monitoring the mass before removing it. If the mass is malignant, surgery is highly encouraged. Some of the masses and tumors likely to be removed include:

  • Uncomfortable tumors, including those caused by papillomavirus and mast cell tumors
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Histiocytoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Lipomas

What Happens During Mass Removal

Mass removal surgery begins with administering anesthesia. Your pet will be asleep and will not feel anything throughout the process. Before your pet is placed under anesthesia, we will run tests to ensure it is safe for your pet. Next, one of our veterinarians will remove the tumor, creating a small incision. The tissue will be submitted to the lab for evaluation to determine if other steps need to be taken for your pet's health. Some pets benefit from chemotherapy and other treatments.

After surgery, we will ensure your pet is provided proper post-operative care. Your pet may need some time to recover, especially if he or she receives pain medication. Follow our veterinary team's recommendations after surgery, and make sure to report any issues your pet may be experiencing post-surgery.

Visit Our Animal Hospital for Professional Mass Removal in McMurray, PA

Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic provides the care your pet needs to live a long and healthy life. Whether your pet's mass is benign or malignant, our team will work with your animal every step of the way throughout the treatment process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.  

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