Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Offers Treatment Mast Cell Tumors in Cats
Mast cell tumors are a common problem in cats. These growths may appear on the skin of the trunk or may develop deep within the animal’s body. Effective veterinary treatment is available for this condition. At Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, we offer treatment for mast cell tumors in cats.
What Are Mast Cell Tumors?
Mast cells, a type of white blood cell, are present in many organs of the body. They play an important part in immune system function. However, occasionally, these cells experience abnormal growth, leading to tumors of the skin or the internal organs. Generally, they occur in animals over 4 years of age. These tumors can be benign or malignant, and may, in some cases, metastasize to other areas of the body.
Symptoms of Mast Cell Tumors
You may find a raised, hairless bump on the trunk of your cat’s body. The bump itself may appear red or irritated. The cat may lick or chew at the growth, causing ulceration. Growths can also occur on internal organs, such as the spleen. The animal may vomit, lose its appetite, have diarrhea or may become listless.
Diagnosis of Mast Cell Tumors
A fine needle is used to draw fluid and cells from inside the tumor, which is then analyzed and staged for the progress of the disease. If the tumor is on the skin, your pet may not need sedation for this procedure. However, if the tumor lies on internal organs, sedation is administered, and ultrasound is often used to locate the tumor. Blood work, bone marrow testing and x-rays may also be done to diagnose the extent of the disease.
Treatments For Mast Cell Tumors
Because manipulation of mast cell tumors releases histamines that can be damaging to the animal’s body. Antihistamine medications can help to alleviate this problem. Surgical removal of cysts is the recommended treatment for mast cell tumors. Cats with skin tumors generally have a good outcome from this surgery. Animals with tumors located inside the body may have recurring tumors and generally do not fare as well. Chemotherapy drugs are sometimes used along with surgery to improve outcomes.
Make Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Las Vegas, NV!
Dr. Pribyl and Dr. Fujikawa use their extensive training in veterinary medicine to help their patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas maintain good health throughout life. We offer many services, including examinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, laser therapy and boarding. Call Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital today at 702-259-9200 for an appointment to learn about effective treatment for your cat’s mast cell tumors.