Identifying Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

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Mast cell tumors most often appear on the skin. There is a lot of variation in their appearance, but they’re most commonly hairless, ulcerated and pink or red in color.

Identifying Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

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In addition, the tumor may swell or develop hives in response to rubbing. Occasionally, a mast cell tumor will be completely under the skin and feel like a lump. And sometimes, a dog will have more than one.

Even if you believe you’ve correctly identified a growth or lump on your dog, it’s impossible to determine what it is, and whether it’s benign or malignant, with just a visual inspection. A mast cell tumor must be examined and removed by a veterinarian to determine whether it indicates a threat to your dog’s health.

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