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Eyelid Tumors in Cats

By: Dr. Noelle McNabb

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Optimal treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Most cats are sent home wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent self-trauma to the surgery site. Follow-up visits are important, especially if recurrence of the eyelid tumors is a possibility. Administer all prescribed medication as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your pet. If any signs of squinting or yellow-green infected discharge occur following the surgery, notify your veterinarian. Sutures are usually removed in 10-12 days after the surgery.

The risk of recurrence or re-growth of eyelid tumors after surgical removal is high for some eyelid tumors of cats. Malignant tumors have a higher risk of recurrence than do benign eyelid tumors. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment result in the best outcome. The chance of recurrence depends upon the type of tumor, whether or not chemotherapy effectively caused decrease in size of the tumor, the stage of tumor development at the time of surgery, and whether or not the entire tumor could be surgically removed.

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