What Happens When A Thyroid Tumor Is Removed?

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In dogs, most thyroid tumors are malignant and have the ability to metastasize, i.e. spread to other vital organs of the body. Surgical removal of thyroid tumors can be difficult because of their location. Also, there is an abundance of blood vessels in the area, which can increase the risk of massive bleeding. Thus veterinary surgeons usually conduct a clotting test before performing surgery. In some instances, a tumor can’t be removed because it is rich in blood vessels, making it impossible to remove the tumor safely. In these cases, radioactive iodine or chemotherapy may be made. This can also be performed when only a part of a thyroid tumor was removed.

The tumor that was removed during surgery will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. Recovery time usually ranges from 14-21 days. During this period, your pet will need a harness instead of a neck collar. Also, any activity should be restricted to ensure proper healing. Your Minnetonka, MN vet will check the incision 14 days after surgery to make sure that there are no infections and that its’ healing properly. Learn more here.

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