Tu­mour dis­eases
Tumour diseases are one of the most significant disease categories affecting ageing pets. The most common cancer types in pets include skin and mammary gland tumours as well as lymphoma, or cancer in the lymph nodes.

The detection of tumour diseases is usually based on general examination findings and, if necessary, an abdominal ultrasound examination and a chest radiograph. Information on the nature of the tumour is important for treatment and can be obtained through fine or core needle aspiration or biopsies. In addition to acquiring information on the type of tumour involved, it is important to know the stage of the tumour through fine needle aspiration of the local lymph node as well as through chest and abdominal X-ray and ultrasound examinations.

The treatment of a tumour disease often involves the complete surgical removal of the lesion, aiming to remove the tumour in its entirety. In many cases, surgical removal at a sufficiently early stage leads to a full recovery.

If complete surgical removal is impossible due to the metastasising of the tumour disease, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital can offer oral or intravenous chemotherapy. The condition and blood values of the animal are regularly monitored during chemotherapy.