Pet Tumor and Cancer Surgery
Cancer is more common as pets live longer and longer. We can help.
Veterinarians continue to report more and more pet cancer occurrences as the years go by and pets live longer.
While it appears to be a negative, the overwhelming increase in numbers is actually beneficial. Owners are now giving their pets greater veterinary treatment as their relationship with animals grows stronger. This has resulted in oncologists discovering and treating previously undetected cancers.
Additionally, veterinary medicine has advanced significantly over the years, allowing pets to live longer. A longer lifespan for dogs, like that of humans, brings with it the prospect of various diseases. Veterinary diagnostic equipment has also allowed veterinarians to detect cancer in earlier stages and give their patients a better chance at a complete recovery.
This is not intended to alarm anybody but rather to encourage you to visit your veterinarian on a regular basis for your pet. His or her quality and duration of life are at stake.
What to Look For
Cancer may be found in any portion of a pet’s body. The most frequent sites include the mouth, neck, chest, belly, skin, legs, and bones. While each kind of cancer has its own set of symptoms, there are some general warning signals to look out for that include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Unusual swelling or growths
- Wounds that do not heal
- Disinterest in food
- Abnormal bleeding or discharge
- Foul odor
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Persistent stiffness or lameness
- Struggling to urinate or defecate
- Loss of stamina or lethargy
Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified surgeon with expertise in a variety of pet cancer surgery techniques. He has seen firsthand how early identification may extend or even save the life of a cherished companion animal. Dr. Zeltzman would be happy to answer any questions you have about the type of operations he performs or to schedule an appointment with him by calling today.
Cancer procedures Dr. Zeltzman can help with include:
- Leg amputation
- Cisplatin beads (tiny local chemo pearls that dissolve)
- Feline fibrosarcoma
- Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)
- Skin masses, lumps, bumps, and tumors
- Mastectomy (mammary tumors)
- Nasal tumors (rhinotomy, rhinoplasty)