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Eyelid Tumors

Eyelid Tumors Pet Care at Our Toronto Veterinarian

Eyelid tumors affect both dogs and cats, although they are more common in dogs. While the appearance of a tumor on a pet can be alarming, not all are cancerous; in fact, we frequently see benign eyelid tumors in dogs. No matter which kind of tumor a pet has, prompt treatment is essential to keep the tumor from growing too large and harming the eye. Eyelid tumors pet care at our Toronto veterinarian, Jane Animal Hospital, is comprehensive and compassionate. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide the highest level of care for your beloved family member.

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Toronto Veterinary Care for Eyelid Tumors in Dogs

An eyelid tumor is essentially a lump that can vary in size, and it is the most common type of tumor that affects the eyes in dogs. Toronto veterinary care for eyelid tumors in dogs starts with removal of the tumor. Depending on the size of the tumor, removal may be through surgery under full anesthesia or by freezing with liquid nitrogen under sedation. With removal, most dogs fully recover, and there is only a 10 to 15 percent chance of the tumor returning. After removal, we conduct a biopsy to determine the exact type of tumor.

Dogs are most prone to adenomas, which are benign, and adenocarcinomas, which are a form of cancer. Cancerous eyelid tumors also include mastocytoma (mast cell), melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Some dogs develop benign histiocytoma or papilloma.

Vet Care for Eyelid Tumors in Cats

Unfortunately, most eyelid tumors in cats are malignant or cancerous. Similar to in dogs, vet care for eyelid tumors in cats includes removal by surgery, freezing or even radiation. Although we can remove the tumor and provide supportive care to improve your cat's quality of life, life expectancy may be as short as one to two months after removal. A biopsy allows us to properly diagnose the tumor and then work with you to determine treatment going forward.

One of the most common types of eyelid tumors is the squamous cell carcinomas, which in addition to the eyelid, may affect the conjunctivae and the third eyelid. These tumors present with a pink color and feel rough, irregular and thick to the touch. White cats with white or uncolored eyelid edges are most susceptible to such tumors. Other less common tumor types include basal cell carcinomas, denocarcinomas, fibrosarcomas and neurofibrosarcomas.

Appointments at Our Veterinarian in Toronto

Early detection of any kind of tumor always gives your pet the best chance of recovery. Anytime you notice a change in your pet's appearance or behavior, seek veterinary care. Call Jane Animal Hospital today for your next appointment at our veterinarian in Toronto: (416) 762-5558.

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