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Cancer Surgery for Dogs Waterloo IA

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.

Taylor Veterinary Hospital
(319) 242-7042
315 State St
Cedar Falls, IA
Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday Closed
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PetAgreed Dog Training
(319) 215-3336
2300 Clay Street
Cedar Falls, IA
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Canine Behavior and Training
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Wednesday - Sunday

PetAgreed Dog Training
(319) 215-3336
2309 Clay Street
Cedar Falls, IA
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Obedience and Behavior Modification
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Wednesday through Sunday

Perry Creek Animal Hospital
(712) 560-9082
510 W 19th St.
Sioux City, IA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Taylor Veterinary Hospital
(319) 242-7042
315 State St
Cedar Falls, IA
Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Logan Animal Hospital
(319) 233-7526
3260 Logan Ave
Waterloo, IA

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(843) 296-1507
2309 Clay Street
Cedar Falls, IA
 
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(319) 277-4564
506 W 1st St
Cedar Falls, IA

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Cat Clinic Of Iowa City
(319) 512-7299
1705 S 1st Ave
Iowa City, IA
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Pet Medical Center of Ames
(515) 598-7646
1416 South Duff Ave.
Ames, IA
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Monday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Friday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

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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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