If a cardiac work-up shows a tumor on the heart, it may be possible for Dr. Cloutier to remove it. You will discuss together what is the right choice for your and your pet.
Cardiac Tumor Removal
The most common type of cardiac tumor in dogs and cats is hemagiosarcoma, followed by aortic body tumors. Hemagiosarcomas are secondary heart tumors, as they typically attach to the right atrium of the heart.
Due to its location, the surgery requires that most, if not all, of the pericardium be removed in order to remove the tumor. The removal of the pericardium is called a pericardectomy.
Is Surgery Safe?
As with any surgery, there are risks for potential complications. However, the surgical team at Veazie Veterinary clinic works diligently to minimize these risks through strict monitoring of the patient and a state of the art anesthesia protocol.
The surgery itself is sterile, to minimize the risk of infection. Dr. Cloutier uses a CO2 laser for surgery, which minimizes bleeding and pain. It also does less damage to the tissues and makes surgery far easier to recover from for the patient.
Additionally, our technicians follow an extensive pain management regimen for your pet. Controlling pain is not only good for recovery, but reduces the amount of inhaled anesthetics the patient needs during surgery reducing anesthesia risk.