At 1 year and 9 months old Katinka developed her first two mammary tumors, both in the right axillary region (armpit area); these were successfully removed.
At 2 years and 1 month old another mammary tumor was discovered, this time in the left groin area. Note that, due to its location (not readily seen), the tumor may have gone unnoticed for awhile. It was described as feeling like a large “water balloon” that was “freely moveable” across her abdomen (i.e., it was not attached to one location).
The veterinarian was consulted and an operation was scheduled. Gas anesthesia (isoflurane) was used during the surgery. An injection of tolfedine (NSAID) was given as painkiller. The incision was closed internally and externally with (purple) sutures. The surgery was successful: the tumor was completely removed (note that histopathology was not performed on the excised tumor).
No wound care was administered. Katinka’s cage was kept meticulously clean.
Note, however, that the Baytril injection site developed a large scab due to skin irritation caused by the caustic medicine (note: Katinka moved during administration of the injection).
Photo on left shows Katinka before mammary tumor surgery. Center photo taken post-op day 6 shows wound dehiscense at the surgical site. Photo on right shows photo taken post-op day 7.
Posted on May 22, 2012, 15:06,
Last updated on May 22, 2012, 15:32