Many companion animals are seen in vets offices because an owner has noticed an abnormal growth on their furry friend. Some growths are concerning and others are insignificant. Some growths, usually on the skin surface, are checked and the owner is instructed to monitor the growth for sudden changes, or rapid growth. Unless this type of growth is irritating to the pet or hinders the pet in any way, we may not recommend removing it. However, when the growth is under the skin and we can not see exactly what it looks like, your veterinarian may recommend removing it and having the growth tested.
Surgical removal of abnormal growths on pets is commonly performed at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic. In most cases we recommend sending a sample of the growth to a referral laboratory for complete identification. This gives our veterinarians information about the cause of the growth and the likelihood of it spreading or returning.