dog02Mass Removals- Is a generalization of removing abnormal growths such as tumors, fatty tissue, and cyst(s) to name a few.

Bringing in your pet to see his or her veterinarian will allow the doctor to determine if surgery needs to be performed or if there may be a safer or more effective treatment for your pets’ specific mass, tumor, etc…

Benign- Non-cancerous and not likely to pose a threat to your pet. Benign mass removals are also generally removed with less difficulty.

Malignant- Cancerous tumors may result in a bit more difficulty during surgery. Regardless we will do all we can to fight for your companions’ health. Your pet is important to us, just as he/she is to you.

Presuming the malignant mass is in a localized area the usual best solution is to remove the mass as soon as possible. Other options are also considered such as chemotherapy. When surgical removal of a tumor is not the sole treatment, the tumor is “debulked” . Debulking aids radiation andchemotherapy treatments.

The vet will choose the biopsy test depending on the tumor type, location, size, and other factors..

  • Aspirate biopsy- A needle is inserted into the tumor and a sample is drawn out.
  • Needle biopsy- A special cutting needle is inserted into the core of the tumor and a sample is cut out.
  • Incisional biopsy. A portion of a large tumor is removed, usually before complete tumor removal.
  • Excisional biopsy. A whole lesion is removed along with surrounding normal tissue.

​Please contact us at (925) 935-4880 to schedule an appointment or for any questions. We realize this should be cared for with lots of warmth and effectiveness.