Malignant tumors carry a much graver prognosis as these are aggressive disease processes and often have evidence of widespread involvement by the time of diagnosis. Just as other tumors can metastasize to the liver, primary liver tumors can metastasize to other organs. The symptoms are often vague and non-specific.
Diagnosis History and physical exam
Complete blood count (CBC)
Abdominal radiographs (x-rays)
Thoracic (chest) radiographs
Coagulation profile (clotting tests)
Treatment Medical stabilization, which may require IV fluids and blood transfusions in certain cases
Surgical mass removal when possible
Chemotherapy, depending on the tumor type
Home Care and Prevention
Administer all medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. Monitor your pet for abdominal distension, pale gums, extreme weakness, anorexia, vomiting or diarrhea.
Feed a high quality pet food and provide proper storage to insure freshness of the food. Discard any food that appears to be spoiled.