There are many lumps and bumps that pets get. Some are relatively benign and considered merely “cosmetic” others can be dangerous and/or cancerous. The best, and usually the only way, to identify one from the other is to remove a large enough piece of tissue for it to be analyzed by a pathologist. We call this a biopsy.
This is Chase. He had a lump that wasn’t resolving. His parents came to us for assistance in removing it. It was about 2 cm by 2 cm. It was a skin mass and in a location where removing it sooner versus later allowed better surgical closure options.
His pre op workup included an exam and blood work. Total for this was $45 exam, $75 blood work
Cost for surgery was:
surgical package; iv catheter, fluids, fluid pump, anesthesia, instrument pack $250
laser excision $150
mass removal simple $150
post op analgesics $16
This story is posted with Chase’s families permission. I thank them for letting us share his story.
For more on this subject please see my blog at;
Rio’s Mysterious Bump. Histiocytoma; https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2014/02/rios-mysterious-bump-what-is.html
When A Bump Causes You Concern You Slay It With A Diagnosis: https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2015/01/when-bump-causes-you-concern-you-slay.html