Pet Biopsy

At Summit Dog & Cat Hospital in Summit, NJ, our veterinarian is committed to helping your pets recover, heal, and live pain-free. If your pet needs a biopsy, we can provide gentle and compassionate care during and after the procedure. Read below to discuss treatment plans and various options. 


Conditions that Require a Biopsy

A biopsy is a medical procedure to remove a concerning portion of tissue from a strange mass of skin. The sample is then sent to a lab pathologist for testing and identification of the types of cells it contains.

Typically, results are available within 7-10 days after the biopsy. Our veterinarian will contact you and set a time to discuss the results and create a treatment plan with you. The conditions that require a biopsy are included below:

    • An unusual mass under the skin or in the bodyAn abnormal skin lesion
    • Skin discoloration
    • Inflamed or irritated skin
    • Texture change in the skin

Types of Pet Biopsies

A planned biopsy will occur after your pet is sedated or under anesthesia. When completed, stitches are typically required to close the opening, depending on the type of biopsy being performed. These are the four types of biopsies to understand:

Punch Biopsy

A punch biopsy is a method to test and diagnose dermatological conditions and diseases. The skin is cleansed and shaved before a tool is used to bore a small hole into it, producing a cylindrical sample for testing.

Jamshidi Needle Biopsy

The Jamshidi needle biopsy is a method used to test bone samples. The skin is shaved and sterilized before a special needle is inserted into the bone, producing small pieces of bone for testing.

Tru-Cut Biopsy

The Tru-Cut biopsy method involves using ultrasound to guide or direct insertion into the area of concern to collect a sample. The model is sent for testing, and no sutures are required.

Surgical Biopsy

A surgical biopsy is a different method than those included above. This is a radical excisional biopsy that removes the entire area of concern. It is an invasive procedure and requires sutures to close the wound.

Biopsy Recovery and Aftercare

Biopsy recovery time depends on the procedure performed. The less invasive methods usually allow recovery when the anesthesia wears off. The invasive procedure can take up to 10 days for recovery while the sutures heal.

Aftercare and medication instructions should be followed as prescribed. You will also want to watch for bleeding, infection, and contact your vet immediately if you observe any problems.

Contact Us About Pet Biopsies

While biopsies are a necessary diagnostic tool to discover and treat underlying health issues, they can be stressful, emotional, and challenging for pets and pet parents. At Summit Dog & Cat Hospital in Summit, NJ, we understand the anxiety and anticipation that occurs while waiting for results. We can walk you through the process, support and encourage you.

Your pet’s wellness is our prime concern. Our professional staff is waiting to take your call at (908) 273-2200 to make an appointment for your pet. You may use our online appointment request form or email us. Our pet care services are offered in Summit, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Edison, Chatham, Madison, Union, Westfield and Springfield, New Jersey. 


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