Vera is a VERY exuberant and delightful Golden Retriever who developed a skin growth on her right carpus (same as a human wrist).
It had appeared rather suddenly and this is always a sign that it should be removed.
Vera was admitted for surgery and the tumour excised and the wound stapled closed. The tumour was sent off for histological examination which unfortunately proved that the tumour was malignant and known as a mast cell tumour. The histology also showed that there was a possibility that cancer cells might still be present in the healthy skin not excised during original surgery.
When a tumour is excised the surgeon attempts to remove not only the tumour but also a margin of healthy skin around the tumour in an attempt to ensure removal of all cancer cells. The carpus presents a problem in that the surgeon can only remove a set amount of skin and still be able to close the wound. The histologist recommended further surgery but this meant we would be unable to close the wound due to the large area of skin to be excised.. So there would be a large deficit of skin revealing the underlying tissues. The wound would have to be regularly dressed until as such time as new skin had recurred.
Surgery was performed and the wound dressed. The skin was sent to the histologist who confirmed a good excision. Further testing also indicated the tumour was a low-grade malignancy which was very good news.
For the next 4 months Vera tolerated regular dressings and treatment and eventually new skin had formed and Vera was able to resume her normal life having lived those months in a bucket collar to stop her licking the wound.
The following pictures show the progression from the original surgery to the pen-ultimate result which is where the new skin has formed but still has to toughen up. A testament to Nature’s remarkable ability to repair itself.