I know your response is old but I was just looking at this because my cat is having his surgery Wednesday (12/18). I didn't want to do a needle biopsy because I was worried about the walls of the tumor being disturbed, and possible metastasis (of course, the tumor is probably benign). Plus, he needs his teeth cleaned anyhow, so it's worth removing the lump since he'll already be anesthetized. I'm opting to have the surgery done in the winter because then he won't miss any walks outside during recovery and fur regrowth (his skin is very pale).
Also, if he dies during surgery, I'll have days off of work because of Christmas and I won't have to feel weird about saying I need time off to recover emotionally because my cat died. He probably won't die, but it's always a possibility and I know I would be distraught.
I'll update this again after the surgery, and also when the pathology report comes back (which could be a while because of the holidays).
(And yes, I know my username has changed...I had trouble logging in many months ago and changing my username was part of the solution...I'm not sure if the other username has an account anymore)View Thread
My cat is going to have his teeth cleaned and a lump removed from his head. I noticed that IV fluids were not in the estimate. When I did some research on surgery protocol for cats, some feline specialists recommend that all cats receive IV fluids during surgery, saying that it is important to maintain blood pressure and blood flow through the kidneys. One practice stated that 2% of cats who have surgery without fluids will develop kidney disease. Is this correct? Are there any risks associated with IV fluids? For example, could they exacerbate hypothermia if active heat support is not provided?
Regarding local anesthesia, I'm sure they will use a local anesthetic spray in his throat, but the estimate did not include an injection in his head, where the lump is. Should I ask for this, or are local anesthetics too risky to use in cats? How often are toxic reactions, like methemoglobinemia, seen in cats? Should I ask my vet to keep methylene blue on hand in case of a reaction? I had a family member develop methemoglobinemia in response to a benzocaine spray that was used in his throat, so it's something I'm concerned about with my cat, although it probably rarely happens.View Thread