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Pet Biopsies & Tumor Removal

Sometimes, a veterinarian needs a closer look at a group of cells in your dog or cat to get an accurate picture of what is happening inside them.

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Pet Biopsies

A biopsy is a surgical procedure used in cats and dogs to obtain a tissue sample for diagnosis of a variety of pathologies, from cancer to skin disease. When changes to the skin, hair, or nails occur, a skin biopsy may be performed to remove a skin lesion such as a tumor, collect a tissue sample for deep tissue culture, or make an accurate diagnosis.

Your dog or cat will be placed under anesthesia to obtain a biopsy. Your veterinarian will perform the biopsy and then submit the tissue sample obtained from the biopsy to a veterinary pathologist for interpretation. Your pet’s biopsy site is usually very small and typically requires 1-2 sutures.

Tumor or Mass Removal

The excision of lumps or potentially dangerous masses is one of the most frequent soft tissue procedures done on pets. Although the majority of these masses are benign if a tumor is malignant, prompt removal and precise detection are essential.

At Riverside Vet, we recognize that surgery is not a trivial choice. We are here for you and your pet. We want to ensure that your questions are answered and that you feel confident in the treatment plan for your pet. Our care team is dedicated to ensuring that your pet gets the best care possible, from pre-operative consultations to post-operative care.