Hilltop Animal Hospital Offer Treatment for Mast Cell Tumors (Mastocytoma)
Some animals develop tumors, either internally or externally, that require veterinary treatment. Mast cell tumors are one of the most common types of tumors in felines. These abnormal growths should be seen by your veterinarian, to determine if the problem creates a serious health problem for your pet. At Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina, NC, we provide treatment for mast cell tumors in cats.
What Are Mast Cell Tumors?
Mast cells are found throughout the body, and they play at important role in immune system function. Sometimes, however, these cells experience abnormal growth, causing uncomfortable symptoms or functional impairment. These tumors can be either benign or malignant.
Symptoms Caused by Mast Cell Tumors
Pet owners may notice lumps on their animal’s skin, which may fluctuate in size. The area may be reddened and filled with fluid. The animal's lymph nodes may be enlarged in the area of the tumor. A cat with a mast cell tumor may lick at or chew the area, due to itching and discomfort. Vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss can occur with internal tumors.
Diagnosing Mast Cell Tumors
Your veterinarian will examine your cat and ask you about any symptoms you have noticed. A biopsy will be done by aspirating some of the cells from a tumor through a needle. This sample will be examined under a microscope. Tissue from the lymph nodes, spleen, or kidneys may also be taken. In addition, the vet may order x-rays and ultrasound testing to determine the extent of the tumors.
Treatment of Mast Cell Tumors
Animals with mast cell tumors are usually given antihistamine medications to counteract the histamine compounds that are produced by the tumors. Surgery of external tumors is generally successful, although recurrence of the tumors sometimes occurs. Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas can be a more serious problem. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may also be needed. Your veterinarian will discuss the options for treatment with you, in order to provide the best care for your pet's needs.
Make Hilltop Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Fuquay Varina, NC
The veterinary team at Hilltop Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care for their patients in Fuquay Varina, NC, and the nearby communities. We offer a broad range of services for pets, including vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, and urgent care. Call Hilltop Animal Hospital today at (919) 567-9700 for an appointment to have your cat examined and to learn about today’s treatments for mast cell tumors.