Saturday, February 16, 2013

Squamous cell carcinoma in a dog

1.  Hook
Video - 3rd day of surgery - going home. Dog looks forward to going home. 
What happened?



Be Kind To Pets info


2.  Introduction

Image of amputated dog.  Seen 2 vets. Vet 1 diagnosed cancer. Went to Vet 2 who X-rayed the lower leg skin tumour

Insert  X-Ray

and took skin biopsy to send to the lab for analysis. Lab confirmed squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.

Insert "Squamous cell carcinoma"

However Vet 2's operating theatre facilities not functional, so phoned me and surgery was done on Feb 15, 2013

3. Middle

Treatment - Amputation
- Chemotherapy not advised as it is not beneficial to the dog




4. Conclusion

4.1. What is the survival time? the owner asked.
Depends on: spread or not. If not spread, good chances of not recurring.

4.2  Nursing at home. Pain killers, antibiotics and confinement to a crate for 14 days
Video dog going home.






5. Tips & Advices

5.1  Small skin growths in the older dog especially should be removed by your vet early.
5.2  Small skin growths that do NOT heal at all may be cancerous.
5.3  Black pigmented skin growths may be squamous cell carcinomas. Cancerous. Best to get them removed when they are small. 


6. Be Kind To Pets & credits

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