Lump removal involves the complete removal of the lump and affected surrounding tissue, in some cases this can be 3cm each side of the lump.
Lump removals are carried out under a full general anaesthetic. Due to the anaesthetic, your pet may be sleepy and a bit unsteady for the next 12-24 hours. During this time, they should be allowed to rest quietly in a warm (not too hot), comfortable, draught-free place and should be monitored closely.
During the operation, the veterinary surgeon will suture (stitch) the skin. These sutures are usually dissolvable and buried under the skin, so can’t be seen. Sometimes we will use nylon sutures that need to be removed approximately 10-14 days after the procedure.
If the lump is very large, some dogs will have a drain placed in the wound to help stop fluid building up under the skin. This will be removed by the vet or veterinary nurse. Please ensure your home is ready for this, the fluid will actively drain and may be easier to keep your pet in an area with easy to clean flooring.
During the operation, the vet will have placed a breathing tube into the windpipe to help your pet breathe through the anaesthetic. This can sometimes cause a little irritation, and your pet may have a slight cough but should not persist more than a day or so.
Licking can slow down wound healing and introduce infection which is why we supply you with a buster collar. This should be worn at all times although can be removed for feeding; please ensure your pet is supervised to ensure he/she does not lick or chew the wound.
The wound should be checked on a daily basis for pain, swelling, or discharge (it is normal for the first 24hours to see a few drops of blood; if any more than this you should contact us for an appointment so we can check the wound). Check that there are no holes in the wound and that the sutures are holding.
Where a drain is present blood tinged fluid will leak from the drain. This should not smell. If you are concerned about the discharge, please call the surgery.
Do not apply anything to the wound and the wound should not be cleaned unless advised to do so by a member Veterinary nurse or Vet.
A post op check should be booked with a Veterinary nurse/ Vet 3-5 days after surgery, this is so we can check the wound is healing normally.
If external sutures are present these will be remove by the veterinary nurse between 10-14 days after surgery.
For the first 24 hours, your dog should only be allowed out to the toilet and not walked, we advised that you use the lead in the garden to prevent running around.
After the first 2 days, you can take your dog on short lead walks, this should be continued for 7-10 days.
For the first week, extra care should be taken to prevent strain on the wound, this means that ideally your dog should be lifted in and out of the car, do not allow upstairs or on the sofa. (if difficult to keep off sofa you can lift them up and down). Care should be taken not to apply pressure to the wound when lifting.
Avoid muddy areas to keep the wound as clean as possible, and do not allow swimming. Do not book into the groomers or give a bath etc until the wound is fully healed.
Your pet will have had an anti-inflammatory pain relieving injection during her surgery which will last for 24 hours.
Each patient requires different medication so this will have been discussed when you picked your pet up. If you are unsure about when or what to give your pet, please call the surgery for advice on 01383 722818.
Although your pet has been offered a small meal while in the hospital they can be offered another light meal tonight. This should be easily digestible such as cooked chicken and boiled rice or white fish. Alternatively, you can purchase a tin of Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food from reception.
Normal appetite should return in 24-48 hours so they can be offered their normal diet the day after surgery.
If your pet has not eaten within 48 hours of their operation, they are listless, unsteady, painful or you have any other concerns about the wound or their well-being please telephone us for advice on 01383 722818.