One of the most unsettling things for a pet owner is to find a lump while petting their dog or cat. While many lumps and bumps aren't serious, it is important to get these checked by your veterinarian-- especially if your pet is older. Cancer is a common problem for pets over 10 years old especially. In fact, it is estimated that approximately half of these senior dogs have at least some level of cancer in their body.
Treating Cancer and Other Ailments with Laser Surgery
While there are cases where a tumor in your pet's body will lead to removal in a traditional way, with a knife and stitches, laser surgery is becoming an option more and more often. The most common laser techniques are CO2 and Nd YAG laser excision which has helped veterinarians treating pets pinpoint their treatment to an ore localized area, resulting in less discomfort and better recovery for pets.
Rather than cutting with a knife or scalpel, removal of a tumor with a laser uses light to provide a photodynamic therapy that is capable of treating non-cancerous as well as cancerous lesions. Lasers also help to treat mast cell tumors, which is the most common type of skin tumor in dogs. The treatment allows for cells to be collected from a tumor and tested before more invasive procedures are done.
Picking Up on Signs of Trouble
Watching your pet's behavior is vital when it comes to having a successful treatment, whether it is through laser surgery or a more traditional method. Cell tumors are normally graded according to their level of severity, with grade 1 being the least serious, and grade 3 being the most aggressive and often spreading into the liver, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and spleen.
When petting or grooming your dog, it is important to make note of any lumps that could be a tumor and make note of any spots that seen sensitive or cause pain for your pet and make note of these so you can discuss them with your vet. Here are some symptoms that could possibly a sign of cancer, or another serious medical issue with your pet. Since your pet's best chance comes with early detection, it is important to contact their vet if you notice any of these symptoms
- Growing lumps and bumps
- Sores that don't heal
- Weight loss
- Appetite loss
- Difficulty eating
- Loss of stamina
- Foul smell
- Trouble breathing or going to the bathroom
Call Watertown Animal Hospital in Watertown, CT Today!
Whether your pet needs laser or traditional surgery due to a cancerous or another tumor, or they are heading for a more routine operation, such as spay or neuter surgery, having a qualified and compassionate veterinarian from Watertown Animal Hospital in Watertown, CT on your side can make a big difference in how your pet adapts to their treatment, and how you move forward after undergoing a procedure. To address any concerns you have about your pet, or to schedule an appointment for any reason contact us at 860-274-2212 to schedule an appointment,