Feline hemangiopericytoma is a type of cancer in which a tumor forms on cells that line some of the cat’s blood vessels. It does not usually spread throughout the body, but often continues to grow at the original site of the tumor.
As the tumor grows, it can negatively affect nearby organs, including the heart and lungs. Left untreated, the cancer can be fatal. However, if a vet diagnoses it early enough, the condition has a high treatment success rate.
In general, dogs appear to be at a higher risk of developing this type of cancer than cats.
If you see any signs that your kitty might have a tumor, then You must consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for feline hemangiopericytoma.
Symptoms of hemangiopericytoma in cats
Feline hemangiopericytoma produces a small number of visible symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- Appearance of a mass on one of the cat’s limbs or trunk
- Lumps or bumps that may resemble an ulcer
Causes of hemangiopericytoma in cats
Feline hemangiopericytoma is considered idiopathic, meaning there is currently no known cause.
However, it has been speculated that certain cats are genetically predisposed to developing this type of cancer.
If you are concerned that your cat is developing a hemangiopericytoma, it is important that you see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is of paramount importance for successful treatment of the tumor.
Your veterinarian will perform a full physical exam, as well as blood and urine tests. Vets usually order a biopsy of the mass. MRI and X-rays can help determine the extent of the disease.
Treatment often involves surgical removal of relevant tissue. The vet may also suggest radiation therapy. In severe cases, cats may require amputation of a limb.
While your cat is recovering at home, your vet can prescribe pain medication for her. As always, if your veterinarian prescribes medication for your cat, it is important that you follow the dosage and frequency instructions carefully and complete the entire medication regimen.
Unfortunately, this type of tumor can recur in cats, so it’s important for all recovering cats to have regular appointments with their veterinarian to monitor the situation.
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