Pet ownership comes with the responsibility of addressing and treating health concerns. An unwanted mass can be identified during wellness exams or by apets’ owner. Many pets will have a mass at some point in their life, and while it can be scary, many masses are non-life threatening, but almost all require treatment or removal, typically by some form of surgery.

After testing the mass or performing a biopsy to confirm its diagnosis, we will be able to give you a detailed analysis on the size, shape, and type of mass your pet has as well as how the mass is affecting the health and livelihood of your pet. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we will propose a treatment plan and a recommended course of action in caring for and healing your pet. Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, surgery may be recommended for the removal of the mass.

If surgery is needed, we may run additional tests to assess the overall health of your animal before scheduling the surgery. Those tests may include:

Complete Blood Count (CBC): During this blood test, we’ll measure the quantity and quality of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This test can determine many things including whether your pet is dehydrated, anemic, or dealing with an infection. By doing this, we’ll gain a better understanding of your dog’s overall health to learn how the mass may be affecting their general well-being.

Urinalysis: A non-invasive test like a urinalysis will provide crucial information that will better our understanding of your pet’s kidney function as well as their risk for infection after surgery.

To perform surgery on your pet, general anesthesia or heavy sedation may be required. During the procedure, your pet will be in the best of hands as our team works diligently to remove any and all masses from your pet.

After the surgery is complete, a member of our team will update you on their prognosis and if the surgery was successful. It will take several minutes to bring your pet out of anesthesia and after that, we will begin post-op care for your animal. Some mass removal surgeries may require an overnight stay at the veterinary office to allow us to keep a close eye on your pet. Mass removal surgeries require some post-op care or follow-ups which will be addressed and scheduled after the surgery. Once your pet can be taken home, we will supply you with everything you need to keep them as comfortable as possible as they heal and rehabilitate from the procedure.

Over the next few days or weeks after surgery, your pet will need more rest than normal! It’s recommended that you keep him or her separate from other energetic pets or small children to allow them to get their rest and remain calm and comfortable. Remember to practice patience, keep up with the treatment plan that’s recommended, and don’t worry! As your pet heals, they’ll be back to their old selves before you know it.

For more information on mass removal or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (586) 939-4020!