Oral Tumors: Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment

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An oral tumor is any abnormal growth affecting the soft tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, tongue, and upper and lower jaws. Unfortunately, oral cancer is not uncommon in dogs and cats. Examples of malignant oral cancer in cats and dogs include squamous cell carcinoma, oral malignant melanoma, and fibrosarcoma. However, there are also many benign forms of oral growths, such as gingival hyperplasia, peripheral odontogenic fibromas, odontomas, and other tooth-related masses. Depending on your pet’s diagnosis, oral cancer can have an excellent prognosis if treated correctly.

We understand that finding a growth in your pet’s mouth can be stressful and scary. Our veterinary dentists have years of experience with diagnosis and treatment of both benign and cancerous feline and canine oral growths. Our primary goal in treating your pet is to help them achieve the highest quality of life through compassionate and state-of-the-art medical and surgical management. With this as our goal, we are capable of working with you to help find the best way to treat your pet.

Whether you have a dog or a cat, the first step in treating any oral tumor is identify the type of tumor by taking a biopsy and submitting it to a pathologist for histopathology. This information, along with imaging from diagnostic dental radiographs, will help us give you the best options for treatment. These options may involve surgical treatment, seeing an oncologist (a specialist in dog and cat cancer), or other therapies.

For more information, please read our handouts on Dog Oral Tumors and Cat Oral Tumors.