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Mast Cell Tumors in Cats

What Our Stockton Veterinarian Wants Pet Owners to Know

Every pet owner is scared to hear the word tumor, and for good reason. Mast cell tumors can be scary for cats and their owners. Our veterinarian at Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton is here to help. We have years of experience helping animals with tumors, and we're here to offer your pet the treatment they need.

Mast Cell Tumors in the Skin

The vast majority of mast cell skin tumors in cats are benign (up to 90%). The tumor may become itchy and bother your cat, which can cause them to excessively scratch to the point of self-harm. It's recommended to have possible tumor sites biopsied so that we can make sure the lump is indeed benign. Even if the area is not cancerous, you may choose to have it removed if it is bothersome to your pet. The prognosis for pets with mast cell tumors in the skin is good. After removal, the tumors usually do not come back, and these pets can go on to live full lives.

Internal Mast Cell Tumors

In addition to appearing on the skin, mast cell tumors can also appear in the spleen and the intestine. These tend to be more serious than the mast cell tumors that can appear on the skin. Signs of an internal mast cell tumor include a decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting, and weight loss. Tumors in the spleen tend to be less serious than those in the intestine. The prognosis for cats with internal mast cell tumors is not great. They typically live a year with a combination of different treatments.

Call Our Stockton Animal Hospital

If your pet has been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor, or if you're worried that your pet could have cancer, it's important that you work with a trusted veterinary hospital right away. Many mast cell tumors can be treated. Call Venetian Pet Hospital today at (209) 477-3926!