Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Most grays will end up with melanomas at some point in their lives but from my understanding, the majority of them really aren't life threatening. Most grays that get them just get unsightly growths, most commonly around their genitals, under the tail, and between the hind leg on the udder/sheath. Some others, like my Dobe, get them on odd places like their back or face. I've heard mixed reviews about having them removed...some say to make sure and remove them asap to prevent spreading, others have said that if you remove them, the site of the surgery to remove them is more likely to have them grow back. At this point, I am of the mind that you should remove them when you can, as quickly as you notice them. I had 2 of Dobe's removed a couple of years ago and have not seen any sign of problems from the removal. When we finally get a freeze and kill all the flies, I will be having 3 more of his removed.
We had an old mare that we called Frosty that had them horrible under her tail. While they were extremely ugly, she remained healthy into her late 20's, and this was back in the 80's when she finally died, before the medical advancements and all that.
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