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Administering Subcutaneous Fluid at Home

…fluids to your pet: a needle, a drip set, and a fluid bag. Needles come in a variety of sizes and tend to be colour coded depending on the gauge of the needle. Higher gauges are associated with smaller needles (i.e. an 18 gauge needle is larger than a 20 gauge needle) and smaller needles tend to be less painful for your pet. Usually a veterinarian will recommend the best size of needle for your pet. Disposing of needles needs to be done…

Cat Vaccine-Site Sarcomas

…physical examination to feel the lump and evaluate it. This will be followed by fine needle aspirate. This can tell your vet the type of tumor that has developed. Although this process is good for staging, it is not particularly conclusive for identifying the type of tumor. Some tumors do not shed cells that can be obtained with a needle aspiration. After the needle aspiration your veterinarian will perform a biopsy. This will remove a small…

Dog Vaccine-Site Sarcomas

…physical examination to feel the lump and evaluate it. This will be followed by fine needle aspirate. This can tell your vet the type of tumor that has developed. Although this process is good for staging, it is not particularly conclusive for identifying the type of tumor. Some tumors do not shed cells that can be obtained with a needle aspiration. After the needle aspiration your veterinarian will perform a biopsy. This will remove a small…

Cat Esophageal Cancer

…they have the potential to regurgitate food and have the potential to inhale. It is also possible to get pneumonia after a needle biopsy is done.Diagnosis Diagnosis is done by the veterinarian after an accurate medical history is obtained. This is followed by a physical examination. If the vet feels the need, a needle aspiration may be performed. And open biopsy may also be necessary to gain access to the other organs in the chest. Normally…

Cat Renal Lymphosarcoma

…the kidneys. Ultrasound will also allow your vet to check the lymph nodes to see if they are enlarged. • A kidney biopsy or a fine needle aspirate may be done. Fluid will be withdrawn and examined to indicate possibilities. This is not particularly invasive and is done with minimal sedation. In the event of the needle aspirate not being consequential, a biopsy will be done. • The next step is to obtain a bone marrow aspirate. This is necessary if…

Cat Tumors

…malignant tumors. Cats get bumps and everywhere over time. While panic is not good for any situation, careful observation is necessary when you discover a bump or lump on your cat. Your veterinarian may want to perform a needle biopsy to determine if it is benign or malignant. Once the results are in treatment can be discussed with your vet. Most veterinarians will remove testicular () or mammary tumors () whether or not they are malignant.…

Dog Esophageal Cancer

…they have the potential to regurgitate food and have the potential to inhale. It is also possible to get pneumonia after a needle biopsy is done.Diagnosis Diagnosis is done by the veterinarian after an accurate medical history is obtained. This is followed by a physical examination. If the vet feels the need, a needle aspiration may be performed. And open biopsy may also be necessary to gain access to the other organs in the chest. Normally…

Dog Renal Lymphosarcoma

…the kidneys. Ultrasound will also allow your vet to check the lymph nodes to see if they are enlarged. • A kidney biopsy or a fine needle aspirate may be done. Fluid will be withdrawn and examined to indicate possibilities. This is not particularly invasive and is done with minimal sedation. In the event of the needle aspirate not being consequential, a biopsy will be done. • The next step is to obtain a bone marrow aspirate. This is necessary if…

Dog Tumors

…malignant tumors. Dogs get bumps and everywhere over time. While panic is not good for any situation, careful observation is necessary when you discover a bump or lump on your dog. Your veterinarian may want to perform a needle biopsy to determine if it is benign or malignant. Once the results are in treatment can be discussed with your vet. Most veterinarians will remove testicular () or mammary tumors () whether or not they are malignant.…

Cat Hepatobiliary Tumors

…whether or not it involves more than one lobe is the biggest concern amongst veterinarians. Single lobes can be removed, but the nodular type that affects multiple lobes cannot be removed as easily through surgery. Fine needle biopsies may also be done under ultrasound to obtain specimens of the tumor as well as the contents for examination. Blood tests are done because cats that have this particular type of tumor will usually have an elevated…

Cat Myxosarcoma

…aggressiveness and determine if it is malignant, whether or not it has metastasized. These items can be acquired by blood tests, x-rays, advanced imaging such as CT and MRI or ultrasound. It is also helpful to do fine needle aspiration of the mass.Treatment Options Treatment modalities include , and surgery. The combination of surgery and radiation will attack the point of origin. If chemotherapy is included it is possible to slow down the…

Dog Hepatobiliary Tumors

…type of tumor and whether or not it involves more than one lobe is the biggest concern amongst veterinarians. Single lobes can be removed, but the nodular type that affects multiple lobes cannot be removed via surgery. Fine needle biopsies may also be done under ultrasound to obtain specimens of the tumor and the contents for examination. Blood tests are done because dogs with this type of tumor will usually have an elevated number of white blood…

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