As dogs age, they become more susceptible to dangerous growths. If you’ve noticed an unusual lump on your pet’s body, don’t hesitate to get it checked out: it could mean the difference between life and death.
Even if the mass doesn’t feel or look malignant, take the proactive approach and book an appointment with our veterinarians, who can advise you on what measures to take next.
Just like humans, any lump should be closely monitored – even if it looks benign. If you are especially concerned, bring your pet in for a check-up. In order to assess the tumour, our vets may engage in screening tests such as an ultrasound or x-ray to determine the specifics. Depending on the type of tumour, our veterinarians may suggest surgical lump removal paired with chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Pet lump removal is performed under a general anaesthetic. While it’s a common procedure, you will need to offer some simple aftercare post-surgery to help with the healing process and reduce the risk of any concerns further developing.
To prepare for the surgery, your pet will have blood tests to determine their overall health and whether they will need intravenous fluids during the anaesthetic. Then, your pet will receive a pre-med injection to prepare them for the anaesthetic.
Once in a stable condition, the area around the tumour is then clipped and made sterile. Our scrubbed and gowned surgeons will then proceed to remove the lump. During the process, your pet will not feel any pain and will be made as comfortable as possible throughout the duration.
After the surgery has been performed, the tissue will be submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for evaluation. Any further treatment recommendations will be made from this assessment.
There are many different types of lumps that occur, and their level of malignancy or course of action cannot be determined simply by look or touch. Our veterinarians will need to perform a thorough examination in order to diagnose what kind of lump it is.
With our procedures for tumour and lump removal, dogs have the chance of returning to their usual daily lives. In our purpose-built surgical theatre and state-of-the-art facilities, we can also perform abdominal surgery for dogs and cats should they need it.
To book an appointment at our veterinary clinic for pet tumour removal, please contact us at (02) 9521 6422.