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Hemangiosarcoma in Cats

By: Dr. Kimberly Cronin

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  • Seek veterinary attention promptly if your pet develops pale gums or signs of weakness or collapse. These may be symptoms of hemangiosarcoma or other potentially serious conditions.

  • Have any new lumps on your pet evaluated by your veterinarian. Hemangiosarcoma of the skin or underlying tissues can be difficult to distinguish from less serious skin tumors. Early detection may increase the possibility of successful treatment.

  • Restrict your cat's activity after surgery until suture removal. Monitor the incision for any signs of redness, swelling or discharge. Keep you pet from chewing or scratching at the incision.

  • If your cat receives chemotherapy monitor him for changes in appetite and activity. The most common side effects of chemotherapy are appetite loss, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Mild signs can frequently be managed at home with diet changes. Anti-nausea or anti-diarrhea medications can also be prescribed. Your veterinarian should be notified if the signs are severe or last longer than a few days. Rarely, your veterinarian may recommend hospitalization to prevent dehydration. Signs of infection include loss of appetite, fever and extreme tiredness. Infections in patients with low white blood counts are serious and require intravenous antibiotics.

  • Minimize your cat's exposure to the sun. Hemangiosarcoma of the skin can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun.

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