Salivary Gland Surgery
The salivary glands in cats and dogs refer to exocrine glands of the mouth that produce saliva in order to aid digestion. There are four major pairs of salivary glands, and when they are healthy, they produce adequate amounts of saliva to aid in chewing, eating and starting the digestion process.
Salivary Glands Are Vulnerable to Blockages, Infection, and Tumors
However, just as with any other part of the body, salivary glands can develop infections and other problems that impede their functioning. When there are issues with the salivary glands, a surgical intervention may be required. A salivary gland may develop a blockage, and in some cases, tumors can grow within them. These abnormal growths can be benign or cancerous.
At a minimum, salivary gland problems cause discomfort and reduce the quality of life for pets both while they are eating and at rest. In the case of cancer of the salivary glands, it can become a life-threatening issue if the tumor grows and metastasizes to other parts of the body. Salivary gland surgery from your Santa Barbara vet surgeon and animal hospital can provide relief for these and other salivary gland issues.
Signs of Salivary Gland Health Problems
Symptoms of issues with the salivary glands include difficulty in eating and swallowing, bad breath, and swelling around the jaw. X-rays, advanced imaging and/or fine-needle aspiration cytology may be required to determine the exact cause of the salivary gland issue before a diagnosis is made.
The most common salivary glands to be affected by cancer or other health issues in cats and dogs are the mandibular and adenocarcinomas glands. Issues of the salivary glands including tumors and cancer tend to be more common in older animals. Salivary gland tumors do have a fairly high metastatic potential (17 percent for dogs and 39 percent for cats) and have been known to spread to lymph nodes and in some cases distant organs.
Salivary gland surgery, also referred to as salivary mucocele surgery, can involve tumor removal and/or total removal of one or more of your pet’s salivary glands. While all efforts will be made to save the gland, in some cases, total removal will be required to help ensure ongoing health and well-being.
Your Santa Barbara Vet Surgeon is Experienced in All Types of Maxillofacial Surgery
Our Santa Barbara vet surgeon at La Concepcion Animal Hospital offers a range of maxillofacial surgery services for dogs and cats, including salivary gland surgery. We are outfitted with all of the necessary equipment and technology that could be required for your pet’s salivary gland surgery or other maxillofacial procedure. A high-speed oscillating saw, bur driver, reduction set, Microair drill, and plating and pin sets are all available on-site.
Contact La Concepcion Animal Hospital
Your Santa Barbara vet surgeon also has comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy of the skull and the most common health issues associated with the face and jaw. We will make every effort to use the least invasive procedure possible to preserve your pet’s health and quality of life. Contact our office today by calling 805-685-4513