Animals sometimes develop lumps and bumps that can become a concern. Mast cell tumors are fairly common in cats, and may, or may not, be a serious problem. Your vet can determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant and can provide appropriate treatment for your pet. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital, we have a lot of experience treating mast cell tumors in cats.
Cats are subject to a number of tumors that can affect their skin, ears, mouth, throat, and internal organs. Most growths are benign, but some aren't. Mast cells are white blood cells that are a normal part of a cat’s immune system. Sometimes, these cells begin to grow abnormally, leading to tumors that may occur either externally on your cat’s body or internally on organs. Most of these mast cell tumors are benign. However, about 10 percent can turn out to be malignant.
Tumors of the skin are often very visible. Internal tumors may require ultrasound testing in order to be found. Your vet will do a biopsy of cells taken from inside the tumor to determine if it is benign or malignant.
Surgery is the recommended treatment for malignant mast cell tumors. Removal of tumors of the skin is highly successful, and the tumors generally don’t return. Mast cell tumors on the internal organs do not always have good outcomes, and additional chemotherapy and supportive care may be prescribed.
Dr. Tatro and our team at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital make quality care our primary concern for patients in Bloomington, IL, and the surrounding communities. We offer a range of veterinary services for pets, including wellness checkups, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, allergy treatment, and emergency care. We also provide boarding. Contact Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital today at 309-663-1414 for an appointment to have your cat examined and learn about effective treatment of mast cell tumors.