Educational Articles

Tumors

  • Lipomas are benign fat tumors commonly found in Budgies, some Amazon parrots, galahs and sulphur crested cockatoos. They are most often found under the skin on the sternum (breastbone or keel bone) or on the ventral abdomen, but can be anywhere on the body.

  • Xanthomas are discrete masses or diffuse, thickened areas of skin that are yellow-orange and dimpled in appearance. They are accumulations of fat and cholesterol and are most commonly found in cockatiels and budgies (and they are more often found in females).

  • While not as commonly seen as they are in dogs and cats, tumors do occur in birds. Birds of any age can develop tumors.

  • Primary Kidney tumors are rare in dogs and cats. When they do occur, they are almost invariably malignant (invasive and spreading) and are called renal carcinoma. These tumors tend to invade the adjacent tissues including the main blood vessel draining the kidney (renal vein).

  • Most swellings and tumors of the uterus are not cancerous. The most common swelling in the dog is cystic endometrial hyperplasia (overgrowth of the inner lining of the uterus) due to hormone stimulation.

  • This is a tumor of the blood vessels of the skin or subcutaneous tissue. Some are benign (hemangioma) but a few are malignant (hemangiosarcoma).

  • These are tumors of the blood vessels of internal organs. Some are benign (hemangioma) but most are malignant (hemangiosarcoma).

  • Cancer is a disorder of cell growth (uncontrolled cell division) that results in an abnormal mass of tissue (tumor) without a purpose. The growth exceeds that of normal tissue, is un-coordinated, and persists after the cause has gone. There are many different types of cancers.

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