Intestinal tumors can occur in cats and dogs.
How are intestinal tumors diagnosed?
You, your family veterinarian, and our veterinary surgeons will use multiple diagnostic modalities to diagnose your pet. Your primary care veterinarian will do a physical exam, bloodwork and X-rays to begin the diagnosis. An abdominal ultrasound will need to be performed to characterize the mass and samples can be taken to determine the type of mass present.
How are intestinal tumors treated?
Surgical removal of the mass as well as some surrounding intestines is the treatment of choice for some obvious intestinal masses. Other cancers are more amenable to chemotherapy. Inestinal resection and anastomosis can be performed or simple biopsies for staging purposes.
Post-operative pancreatitis, vomiting/regurgitation, and surgical dehiscence (3-5 days post-operatively), though rare, can occur.