Understanding Pet Tumor Removal Processes
Similar to human cancer, cancer causes tumors to grow in animal's bodies. Just like humans, animals can have tumors that are easily removable or that grow directly on critical organs, which are very serious problems for the health of a pet. Fundamentally, cancer is a condition where the body cells can no longer regulate their cellular regulation, and they begin to change and grow uncontrollably. This creates tumors which eventually create health problems. Here at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic we provide cancer treatment services for our patients.
How Pet Surgery Works
The first step of a surgical tumor removal is the cancer status identification. The veterinarian will run a number of tests to determine the status of a pet's cancer. That can include blood tests, as well as draining lymph nodes to confirm whether the cancer is spreading.
If the veterinarian believes a tumor can be treated with pet surgery, the procedure will be arranged. Based on the test results and additional examinations, the vet will have determined the amount of material and surrounding tissue that needs to be surgically taken out to remove the tumor completely. The pre-surgery planning process also involves all the necessary staging steps, including anesthetics, IV-support, surgery area cleaning, and personal protective equipment provisioning. With everything in place, the animal is then put into surgery and the tumor is located and removed via an incision procedure. The surgical wound is then closed up with sutures and a bandage is applied for post-op care and healing.
Efficacy and Results to Expect
How well a surgery works on removing a tumor and its related cancer depends on a number of different factors. One of the most influential is how early the tumor is removed. If caught early enough, the related cancer will not yet have spread and surgical removal works very well in taking it entirely out of the body. If caught late, there’s a good chance the cancer is in multiple locations in the pet’s body and surgery only removes one problem of many. Unfortunately, tumor removal isn’t always simple. Cancer in pets and humans has a notorious habit of hiding and coming back a few years later. While not every case of surgery is a win, many are.
Pet recovery from a surgery involves some extended care. Most serious surgeries take about two weeks to heal from completely. During this window the pet has to be prevented from poking, licking, or scratching the wound, as an infection can occur. The pet also needs to be contained to avoid strong movement from breaking the applied sutures before the wound fully heals.
Rely on the Experts
Even though at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar, CA, we primarily deal with emergencies, we also handle regular pet surgery needs as well. For tumor removals, our team's extensive surgery and trauma experience comes in extremely handy with very competent work and tumor removal casework. To find out more, connect and schedule a consultation with us at East Valley's Diamond Bar facility for further case discussion. Our number is 909-861-5737.