In a study once made of neoplasms in dogs, about 8 percent were in the testicles. This occurs in a high percentage of old dogs. When growth occurs in one testicle, the other generally atrophy. When the testicle with the growth is removed, the shrunken testicle usually increases to normal size again, and there may be a return to normal production of sperm.
Some tumors growing in the testicles may cause the dog to take on female characteristics. He develops enlarged nipples, does not lift his hind leg when urinating, and has no interest in mating with bitches.
Dog Growths Information
The following is some information on dog growths that occur on the skin surfaces due to various skin or internal disorders.
Lipomas – Almost every adult dog especially the fatty ones has experience skin growths or tumors in their lifetime. Generally, vet doctors do not take steps to remove them unless they are found to be causing health problems. If you find that your dog has a lipoma always keep a check regularly. The tumor can be troublesome in case you find the growth to be excessively growing at a rapid pace. Under such circumstances, surgical treatment can be an effective way to get rid of it.
Itchy Lumps – The itchy lump of your dog is often due to an infection caused by the skin parasites like mites or tick bites. To treat these lumps lancing or complete removal through surgery is carried out. During the surgery, the dogs are given general anesthesia by using sedatives, narcotics, and other medications related to narcotics. Lumps occurring on the skin of the chin are quite difficult to remove and special arrangements for anesthesia are done for executing the operation.
Sebaceous Cysts – In vet medical science there is limited information on the methods of getting rid of sebaceous cysts. The sebaceous cysts in dogs are epidermal skin growths which are also known as epidermal inclusion cysts or infundibular cysts. In most cases, these cysts are benign and no additional treatment is required to get rid of them. Surgical operation is found to be the only solution for treating the skin growth as not much has been done to find ways to get rid of them medically despite the disease commonly occurring in almost all breeds of dogs.
Apocrine or Sweat Gland Cyst – The development of apocrine cysts is generally harmless. They are operated on in very rare cases when they are found to be causing serious health problems. Apocrine cysts are generally left on their own till they are cured on their own. But you must be sure enough that the tumor is an apocrine sweat gland and not apocrine adenocarcinoma. An apocrine adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that looks almost similar to an apocrine cyst. On close examination, the color of the apocrine appears to be light blue or purplish while the apocrine adenocarcinoma has the color of dark blue or almost black.
So, if you find your dog to have developed a lump on its skin take your dog immediately to a good vet surgeon where the lump would be tested and effectively treated.
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