Liver tumors can develop in both cats and dogs. Often, many patients will not have any clinical signs but if so, include vomiting, lethargy, jaundice, or inappetence. Liver tumors can be both primary or metastatic in nature.
How are liver tumors diagnosed?
You, your family veterinarian, and Dr. Jha (Board certified Surgeon) 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 liver tumors treated?
Surgical treatment gives the best prognosis in pets suffering from this disease (though variable depending on the type and location of the mass). Liver tumors, in certain locations can be completely resected (using advanced stapling devices), debulked, or biopsied (often using minimally invasive laparoscopy.
Post-operative hemorrhage can occur in some patients though rare.