Dog health is a key part of dog ownership and dog adoption. If you are considering the adoption of a new family pet, it is important to become familiar with the unique health complications your dog may experiencing, including the development of dog skin diseases.
Skin diseases in canines are quite common. In fact, many dogs will develop a skin disease at some point in their lifetime but many will spontaneously heal and not require extensive veterinarian treatment. If your dog has a skin disease that involves mast cell tumors, then further aggressive treatment may need to be considered.
Much like mouth cancer in dogs, the development of mast cell tumors in dogs can have life threatening health complications. While mast cell tumors are a dog skin disease, they can impact other animals but dogs are typically at greatest risk. With mast cell tumors, the extent and degree of treatment your dog will need will depend upon the grade and size of the tumor that has developed.
Conservative treatment of mast cell tumors in dogs typically includes regular veterinary monitoring of the tumor with a restrictive canine diet and use of medications designed to shrink the tumor. In more advanced cases of mast cell tumors, your dog may require surgery to remove the tumor as well as radiation therapy.
Recurrences of mast cell tumors, when diagnosed and treated early, are typically low. In some breeds of dogs, however, they may be more common, resulting in high veterinary bills. If you are considering dog adoption, therefore, it is important consider how breed of dog may play a role in this type of tumor development.
Dogs, of all breeds, require regular veterinary care and attention by their owners. If your dog has a risk for mast cell tumors, be sure to consult with a veterinarian regularly to determine the best avenue for monitoring and treating dog skin diseases. In doing so, you can provide your dog with the best possible outcome – even when fighting other conditions such as mouth cancer or health risks that are more debilitating than a mast cell tumor.
Sources: Manual of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery, by Karen M. Tobias