IVG Newsletter – February 2016 Edition
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Advancing the Standards of Veterinary Care
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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
As in people, brain surgery is performed for a variety of ailments, including surgical removal of brain tumors, correction of brain anomalies (e.g., Chiari malformation), removal of blood clots (e.g.,
subdural hematoma), and placement of shunts in patients with hydrocephalus. Brain surgery is performed most often by veterinary neurologists, but also by some veterinary surgeons. Drs. Silver and Troxel, both board-certified veterinary neurologists, perform brain surgeries here at Mass Vet.
The most common reason that brain surgery is performed in dogs & cats is to remove a brain tumor. In both dogs and cats, the most common brain tumor is a meningioma, a tumor of the membranes which surround & protect the brain & spinal cord.
While having your pet being diagnosed with a brain tumor is scary, it is important to know that animals generally do quite well with treatment. In general, animals tolerate brain surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy MUCH better than people, with fewer side effects.
In cats, surgical removal of a meningioma can be curative. In dogs with meningioma, and in both dogs and cats with other brain tumors, brain surgery can
provide patients with improved quality of life for much longer than medical treatment alone, especially when followed by radiation therapy