Melanomas are tumors of pigment cells in dogs that will be malignant. If you think that your dog has melanoma, your veterinarian can make recommendations regarding further steps which will be taken. We interviewed Lillie Davis, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), and Suzanne Rau, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) to ask them several important questions on canine melanoma.
Melanoma may be a tumor of melanocytes or pigmented cells within the body. Malignant melanomas in dogs are often aggressive cancer. We worry about both the expansion of the local tumor, also because of the potential for this tumor type to metastasize, or spread, to places just like the local lymph nodes and lungs. Melanoma is that the commonest cancer found within the mouth in dogs.
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