Fine Needle Aspirate

This is often the first procedure recommended as it is minimally invasive and allows veterinarians and veterinary oncologists to gather a glimpse of what is happening inside your dog’s body. If there is a tumor, even as small as a pea, it’s important you request a fine-needle aspirate.

This allows cancer to be caught early or can help relieve your stress if you discover it is benign. With an aspirate, a fine needle is placed into the concerning area and a small amount of fluid and tissue is extracted for microscopic evaluation. This procedure does not often require sedation and is the least expensive option.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.