Important Pender COVID-19 Update: 

We thank you for your patience as Pender has adapted to a new COVID-19 way of Veterinary Medicine. We will continue to adhere to our Hands Free and Curbside processes until further notice.

When you call the hospital, we appreciate your patience in holding as we are currently experiencing longer than normal wait times, 5-15 minutes. A member of our team will be with you as soon as possible. Please do not hang up; all calls are answered in the order they are received.

703-591-3304

“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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