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Cancer Surgery for Dogs South Burlington VT

The best time to obtain clean margins during surgical excision of a malignant tumor is the first time. The most aggressive, i.e. mitotically active, cells are not located in the main, visible or palpable mass, but within its "legs" or tentacles.

VCA Brown Animal Hospital
(802) 488-5510
8 Calkins Court
South Burlington , VT
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Orchard Veterinary Hospital
(802) 658-2273
1333 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT
 
Vermont To Pet Mobile Veterinary
(802) 658-2202
57 N Champlain St
Burlington, VT
 
Shelburne Veterinary Hospital
(802) 985-2525
Shelburne Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Affectionately Cats Veterinary Hospital
(802) 860-2287
60 Commerce Street
Williston, VT
Services
Full service feline only hospital and boarding
Hours
Mon. 7.30-7.00, Tues-Fri 7.30-5.00, Sat. 10.00-1.00 boarding only

Mt Mansfield Animal Hospital
(802) 488-5826
6 S Main St
Jericho, VT
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Qi Veterinary Clinic
(802) 951-8800
1333 Shelburne Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Cats Vermont-Veterinary Clinic For Cats
(802) 863-2470
292 Pearl St
Burlington, VT
 
Burlington Emergency Vet Svc
(802) 863-2387
200 Commerce St
Williston, VT

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Mountain View Animal Hospital
(802) 879-6311
129 Main Street
Essex Junction, VT
Services
Routine small animal and exotic medical and surgical services.
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7:30 am-6pm

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Cancer Surgery Never as Good as First Time

Nasal fibrosarcoma in an 8-year-old German shepherd. Photo courtesy of Dr. Phil Zeltzman
Music critics claim that Sade’s song “Never as Good as the First Time” applies to personal relationships. We beg to differ. She was clearly referring to cancer surgery.

The best time to obtain clean margins during surgical excision of a malignant tumor is the first time. The most aggressive, i.e. mitotically active, cells are not located in the main, visible or palpable mass, but within its “legs” or tentacles. This is why it is so important to obtain clean margins the first time around.

Dirty margins will require radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a more aggressive excision to prevent a recurrence. Re-excision is always more complicated because it is difficult, if not impossible, to know how invasive we should be. The original tumor may have seeded cells in multiple tissue planes during the first attempt.

One easy way to think of the cancerous mass during the first excision is to consider it as grossly infected (read: covered in pus). Therefore, it shouldn’t come in contact with healthy tissues. Gloves, instruments and drapes should be changed before closing the surgical site.

It also is important to remove tumors en bloc. In other words, the main mass should not be shelled out with the intention of removing more tissue afterward.

Mast cell tumor on the hock of a 6-year-old boxer. Photo courtesy of Dr. Phil Zeltzman
The deep margin ofte...

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