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Vet offers advice on skin tumours in dogs and cats

Tuesday, 20th March 2012

A number of cats and dogs may end up needing pet medication for malignant skin tumours as they are common to both animals.

Vet Jo Gourlay, writing for the Galloway Gazette, said there are a number of different types of skin tumours.

Squamous cell carcinomas tend to occur in older animals that have areas of skin that are less hairy and they can be found in nail beds.

She said that cats with white fur on their ears and noses can be prone to this type, so if the cat enjoys sunbathing it may be worth speaking to a vet about applying a pet sun cream to protect them.

Dr Gourlay noted that skin tumours are the most likely pace to affect a dog and the second most likely in cats.

She wrote: "Although certain characteristics of tumours can give indications as to whether or not they are likely to be of concern, it's always worth getting any skin lump checked by your vet and take further action as advised."

If detected early, skin cancer in cats and dogs can be treated successfully. In many cases a biopsy can be done to remove the whole tumour.