One big ‘fatty’ lump!

Lucy with the lump prior to the operation

Often owners find a swelling or a lump somewhere on their pets when grooming or stroking. During a consultation we will examine the lump itself and check if other abnormalities exist at the same time, e.g. are the lymphnodes also enlarged.

Some ‘lumps’ like warts ,skin tags or cysts might require no treatment at all.

In other cases we might advise to take a small sample via a needle aspiration to check what type of lump we are dealing with. This is a quick, easy procedure, which can be carried out during a consultation. We prepare and stain the sample and can perform cytology with our in house microscope. In most cases this will enable us to determine if it is a cancerous growth or not and if surgery would be recommended in a particular case.

Lady being checked by the vet

'Lady' was brought in by her very worried owner with a large lump below her throat. Luckily in her case this was not a malignant cancer, but just a large lump of fatty tissue, called lipoma.

Lipomas are quite common and if they are small and don’t cause any restriction to movement they don’t require surgery. In Lady's case the lipoma had reached such a size and weight, that it caused problems when she wanted to rest, so an appointment was set to remove the lipoma during surgery.

Her owner brought her at 9 o’clock in the morning. She had been starved from 22.00 the previous evening, but had been allowed access to water all night. The vet explained the proposed surgical procedure and the owner signed a consent form.

The lump which had been removed

Picture of lipoma after surgery

All animals undergoing surgery receive a premedication after admission , which includes a mild sedative and a painkiller. This makes them less anxious. Later in the morning the nurse gently holds Lady while the anaesthesia is induced. Once Lady is asleep, the hair over the surgical field is shaved and then the skin is washed and scrubbed ready for the surgery.

Lady a few days after surgery

Lady a few days after surgery

After the surgery the patient is watched carefully by the nurses and allowed to rest in a padded, warm kennel. In the evening owner and patient are reunited and the vet will explain any aftercare requirements., which might include instructions for medication, feeding, exercise and woundcare. Check up appointments are also scheduled at this time. The sutures are usually removed 10-14 days after surgery.

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This means high standards of care for animals and peace of mind for animal owners.

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