Hamilton Road Animal Hospital Offers Growth Removal for Pets
Dogs and cats may develop growths on their bodies, generally as they grow older. Many of these growths are benign, but others may be a more serious problem. Your veterinarian can remove and analyze growths to determine if further treatment is needed. At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, OH, we routinely provide pet surgery for growth removal and evaluation of tissue biopsies.
Common Types of Growths on Pets
Pet owners are often alarmed when they find a growth on their pet’s body. However, a number of different conditions can cause a growth on or under the skin:
- Sebaceous cysts – These lumps develop when oil glands become clogged. They may look like a pimple and emit a pasty substance when squeezed.
- Fatty tumors – These feel like solid bumps and generally occur in middle-aged or older animals.
- Warts – Warts or papillomas can occur on both young and older animals. Generally, some may disappear without treatment, but some may need to be surgically removed.
- Abscess – An abscess filled with pus can result from a bite wound or injury.
- Mast cell tumor – These growths develop on both cats and dogs. Some are benign, but others may be malignant and require more extensive treatment.
- Cancerous tumors – Fine needle or surgical biopsies will help determine if these are benign or malignant growths.
Evaluating Growths on Pets
The veterinarian will ask questions about the growth, such as when you first discovered it and if you have noticed any changes in the lump. After a close examination, the veterinarian may decide to take a sample of fluid or tissue from inside the lump. This sample is then examined under a microscope by a pathologist to confirm an accurate diagnosis.
Growth Removal Is Generally a Simple Procedure
If your vet decides a growth should be removed, your pet may be given a local anesthetic and the tissue will be excised if the mass is small. Most masses that need to be removed will be larger and your veterinarian will administer a general anesthetic, to avoid discomfort to your pet and to allow the vet to remove all of the affected tissue. After surgery, you will be given information on wound care, such as giving antibiotics and changing any bandages. Follow-up visits will ensure that the incision has healed properly, so that your pet can resume their normal activities.
Make Hamilton Road Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Columbus, OH
Dr. Turley and the team at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital are committed to providing the highest quality veterinary care for our patients in Columbus, OH, and the surrounding communities. We offer a range of services, including exams, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, microchipping, and dental care. Call Hamilton Road Animal Hospital today at (614) 239-0027 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about the many services we can provide for your pet’s health.