Important Pender Emergency Room Update: 

Beginning on 7/12/2021, Pender had to adjust our emergency hours. We are open to see incoming emergencies from 7:00am-10:00pm until further announced. Pender will still have qualified Veterinary Professionals for nursing care 24/7, 365 with a doctor on call for hospitalized patients. Since an Emergency Veterinarian is not onsite after 10:00pm, please remember to call us if you need help with your pet, as our evening and overnight team does have access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs during night-time hours.

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“Is it cancer or benign?”

This is always the question when we find a lump, bump, or swelling. The doctors at Pender deal with this question several times every day and with their knowledge of age, breed, location, feel, shape, etc., they will know the correct direction to move in order to get a definitive answer. A small sample of cells taken into a syringe, placed on a slide, stained, and observed on a microscopic slide is often all that is needed to aid the diagnosis. If necessary, a pathologist will read the slide, or a biopsy will be taken for the pathologist to check with a microscope. Just as with human bumps and lumps, early diagnosis improves likelihood for successful treatment!

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