Dental surgery for cats and dogs is a routine procedure at Neumeister Animal Hospital. It ranges from preventive care to tooth extractions. You can read up on our routine dental procedures on our Services page about Dental Care and Oral Radiology.
In this particular case, a dog was scheduled for routine cleaning. After the dog was anesthetized it was possible to view more of the dog’s gingiva/gums and a tumor was found. Oral tumors are relatively common in cats and dogs. Benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity account for 3-12% of all tumors in cats and 6% of all tumors in dogs [https://www.acvs.org]. All oral growths should be investigated, therefore a biopsy was done and the tissue was submitted to a pathologist.