Complete Feline Surgical Care From Kittenhood Through Senior Years
Mass and Lump Removal:
It is not unusual for cats to develop skin lumps especially as they get older. Lumps sometimes develop on or under the skin – or virtually any place on the body. In consultation with the veterinarian, it is usually wise to have the lumps removed and evaluated to make sure they are not a concern. There are some benign and some malignant types of skin tumors and the smaller they are on removal, the better the prognosis should the biopsy come back indicating cancer. Often this can be done in conjunction with a dental cleaning or if the cat is under anesthesia for some other reason.
There are many reasons why we might need to surgically explore the abdomen – anything from removing a swallowed toy, string or rubber band, to getting biopsies to differentiate between inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal cancer, to removing or biopsying an abdominal mass. With the help of our digital x-ray unit, and often abdominal ultrasound, we can determine the need to investigate further inside the abdomen. With careful pain management, good anesthesia monitoring, watching and maintaining body temperature and good surgical technique, cats make very good surgical candidates and usually bounce back very quickly – much better than their human counterparts often do. This procedure usually helps us get a definitive diagnosis, thus allowing our treatment to be definitive and give us the best chance for success.
Over the years, improvements in feline nutrition have helped to decrease the frequency of bladder stone formation. We do see variation in an individual cat’s metabolism which might make him or her more likely to produce the minerals in the urine that help form bladder stones. Some stones we are able to dissolve with diet changes, but if it is large, causing discomfort or not dissolvable, it is often best to go in and remove the stone for quick relief for the patient. We then submit the stone for evaluation to help us determine how to best prevent recurrence of the stone or stones.