Mast Cell Tumor (Mastocytoma) in Cats

An Overview of a Mast Cell Tumor (Mastocytoma) in Cats from Ashworth Road Animal Hospital

Pets, like people, can develop a variety of health issues, including potentially dangerous tumors. One of the most common tumors that vets see is called a mast cell tumor, also known as a mastocytoma, in cats. The team from the Ashworth Road Animal Hospital is here to help everyone in the West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, and Urbandale areas better understand this tumor. The good news is that it is treatable. 


What is a Mast Cell Tumor?

Mast cells are a normal part of the cat’s body. They play an important role in the immune system. They are a type of white blood cell, which fights infection, throughout the body. In some cases, the mast cells can start to divide and form a tumor. These tumors can develop either in the skin, where the pet owner may detect them or in the internal organs. The vast majority of these tumors are benign; however, cats can hurt themselves by continuously itching or chewing on them. 

What is the Treatment Process?

If a cat has been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor, the recommended treatment is surgery followed by a biopsy to ensure that the mass isn’t cancerous. These tumors are removed to reduce the risk of trauma and to prevent them from becoming cancerous. This surgery is performed by a trained veterinarian and is followed by a recovery period of about 2-4 weeks. During this time, the cat’s activity will be confined and he or she will have to wear a cone to prevent the stitches from being scratched or chewed. After all of this is done, the vast majority of cats do very well. The tumor is highly unlikely to return and cats should have a normal life expectancy. 

Rely on the Veterinary Professionals at the Ashworth Road Animal Hospital for Pet Care

When someone is told that their pet has a tumor, this can be a scary process that always requires the attention of a trained veterinarian. Those who are looking for pet care in the West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, and Urbandale areas should trust the team from the Ashworth Road Animal Hospital. We have a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with a variety of health conditions including mast cell tumors. We will be with you from start to finish, ensuring that your pet is well-taken care of. Please call us today at 515-225-1807 to schedule an appointment. 

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