Cutaneous Mass Removals in Dogs and Cats


Cutaneous masses, commonly referred to as skin tumors or lumps, are growths that can appear on the skin of dogs and cats. These masses can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and determining their nature is crucial for the health and well-being of your pet. Surgical removal of these masses is often recommended to prevent growth, alleviate discomfort, and allow for a definitive diagnosis.

Why This Surgery?

The removal of cutaneous masses is vital for several reasons:

  • Diagnosis: Histopathological examination of the removed mass can definitively diagnose its nature, guiding further treatment if necessary.
  • Prevention: Early removal can prevent the growth or spread of potentially cancerous cells.
  • Relief: Some masses may cause discomfort or interfere with your pet's normal activities; removing these can improve their quality of life.

Why perform surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Our surgeons have undergone rigorous residency training in small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. 
  • Patients receiving this procedure typically receive regional pain blocks to ensure the best experience possible for your beloved pet.  
  • Our doctors will care for your pet 24/7 before and after your pet’s surgery and tailor treatment according to the patient’s needs. 

What Does the Surgery Involve?

  • The surgical procedure for removing cutaneous masses involves:
  • Anesthesia: To ensure your pet is comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
  • Excision: The mass is carefully removed, along with a margin of healthy tissue if necessary to ensure complete removal.
  • Closure: The site is closed with sutures, which may be absorbable or may require removal, depending on the location and size of the incision.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Definitive Diagnosis: Histopathology of the removed mass can confirm its nature and guide any needed further treatment.
  • Prevention of Spread: Early removal of malignant masses can prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Improved Comfort and Mobility: Removing the mass can alleviate any discomfort or mobility issues it may have caused.

Risks and Complications:

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including:

  • Infection: Though rare, the surgical site can become infected.
  • Recurrence: There is a chance the mass could regrow, especially if malignant cells remain.
  • Anesthetic Risk: Although minimal, there are always risks associated with anesthesia.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on the surgical site for signs of infection or unusual behavior.
  • Activity Restriction: Limit your pet's activity to allow the surgical site to heal properly.
  • Follow-Up: A follow-up appointment may be necessary to remove sutures and discuss the histopathology results.

Cost Considerations:

We provide detailed estimates that include the cost of the surgery, anesthesia, histopathological examination, and follow-up care.

Final Thoughts:

Deciding on surgery is a significant decision. Our team at Allied Veterinary Service is committed to supporting you and your pet through this process with comprehensive care and expertise.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes can vary by individual case. Always consult with a veterinarian for the best course of action for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
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