The average age at which intestinal tumors
are diagnosed ranges between 10-12 years for cats and 6 to 9 years for dogs. There are many different types of intestinal tumors, including lymphoma
, mast cell tumor
, and leiomyosarcoma
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms can vary but include weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, and anorexia.
The veterinarian will typically perform a series of tests such as blood tests and imaging studies. The most definitive way to confirm/rule out intestinal tumors is to perform a medical procedure called endoscopy
to visualize the organ and do a tissue biopsy
Surgical treatment remains the treatment of choice for cats and dogs diagnosed with intestinal tumors who are in otherwise good health.