Mastectomy in Dogs and Cats


Mastectomy, a surgical procedure involving the removal of one or more mammary glands, is often recommended for dogs and cats diagnosed with mammary tumors. Early intervention is crucial as mammary tumors can vary from benign to highly malignant and may metastasize if not treated promptly.

Why This Surgery?

Mammary tumors are among the most common tumors in female dogs and cats, especially those that are not spayed or were spayed later in life. A mastectomy can be a lifesaving procedure, removing cancerous growths and preventing the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

Why Perform Surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Our surgeons have undergone rigorous residency training in small animal 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?

Depending on the number, size, and location of the tumors, a mastectomy can range from the removal of a single mammary gland to the removal of multiple glands (radical mastectomy). Our surgeons will determine the most appropriate approach based on your pet's condition.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Cancer Removal: Directly removes tumors, reducing the risk of metastasis and recurrence.
  • Pain Relief: Alleviates discomfort associated with mammary tumors.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Allows your pet to enjoy a more comfortable life post-recovery.

Risks and Complications:

  • Surgical Risks: Include bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia.
  • Healing Process: Some pets may experience discomfort or difficulty moving immediately after surgery.
  • Recurrence: While surgery aims to remove all cancerous cells, there is a chance of recurrence or metastasis, depending on the cancer type and stage.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Post-Operative Pain Management: We prioritize your pet's comfort, providing appropriate pain relief measures.
  • Wound Care: Instructions on caring for the surgical site will be provided, including how to recognize signs of infection.
  • Activity Restrictions: Limited activity may be recommended to ensure proper healing of the surgical site.

Cost Considerations:

Our team will provide a detailed cost estimate, including the surgery, hospital stay, medication, and any necessary follow-up care. Financial assistance options can be discussed if needed.

Final Thoughts:

Deciding on a mastectomy for your pet is a profound decision. Allied Veterinary Service is committed to guiding you through this challenging time with empathy and expertise. Our goal is to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet, offering a comprehensive approach to treatment and recovery.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes may vary based on individual circumstances. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
Open 24 hours

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our compassionate team. We're here to help every step of the way.