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Skin Masses

What are skin masses?

These are any growth that occurs from within the skin. They can range from small, benign masses such as sebaceous gland adenomas (tumours of the glands associated with the hair follicles in dogs) and histiocytomas (a benign growth seen more commonly in young dogs) to more extensive tumours such as mast cell tumours (MCT) and soft tissue sarcomas (STS).

Diagnoses methods

Some, such as sebaceous gland adenomas in older dogs and histiocytomas in younger dogs, usually do not require treatment and can be left alone and monitored. Other tumours, such as soft tissue sarcomas and mast cell tumours, should be removed where possible as they will continue to grow and may often spread. Early treatment markedly increases the chances of a successful outcome and with no reduction in your pet’s life expectancy. The longer we leave them, the more difficult and costlier they are to remove and the greater the chance that they have also spread.

Surgical removal

Surgical removal is the mainstay of treatment, often with removal of 1cm or more of normal tissue beside and beneath these masses, where possible. The mass can then be sent away for histopathology to check whether it has been completely removed, and what type of tumour it is. Tumour type affects further choices from here, such as whether chemotherapy may also be appropriate.

Recovery and aftercare

When treated at SEAH, pets usually only have to spend a single night in hospital before being discharged back into their owner’s care. They go home on pain relief and antibiotic tablets. The most common change post-surgery, is changing their diet to one of a number of prescription or premium foods to prevent the problem from recurring.

Our caring team
We believe that every pet deserves the best care – at a price point that is more affordable. Our team of veterinarians has over two decades of experience in caring for dogs, cats and pocket pets such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and even birds. Our caring team or vets and nurses will not only make your pet feel welcome and safe during their time at our practice but also educate you on how to best care for your pet following a surgery or procedure.


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