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Smile4Shannon 08-24-2012 02:43 PM

Skin Cancer? Anyone experienced this before?
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My friends gelding came up with this wound on the corner of his mouth. We thought possibly it could be from the bit, but it definitely is not. It has gotten more swollen and bigger within the last few weeks. Vet said it was skin cancer and we have started him on Chemo shots. Anyone seen or experienced this before? Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Corporal 08-24-2012 02:45 PM

A friend had a grey Arab mare that had benign tumors by her dock, but I thought it was more common among white or grey horses. Listen to your Vet. Horses can get cancer, too, just like us.

Roperchick 08-24-2012 03:37 PM

We had a grey arabian with skin cancer...he had it tha last 18 yrs of his life (we put him down at 26 yrs old)

he never had them in his mouth but he would get alot around his girth area, he had a couple throughout on his muzzle, and other places throughout his body.

for awhile we did chemo shots with him, we had them frozen off, cut off.

the most effective treatment was having them cut off. dont know about doing that with one in the mouth. but in my experience they stayed gone longer after being cut off.

plus the chemo usually made him feel no bueno. so cutting off was the least traumatic for him.

Smile4Shannon 08-24-2012 03:38 PM

Yes, I read the same about it happening more to light colored horses. We plan on staying the course with chemo. Just was hoping someone would chime in and say "Yes my horse had this, did chemo and all is well now" :) Always comforting hearing people who have gone through the same thing. Thanks!

Roperchick 08-24-2012 03:40 PM

Hope the chemo works for him! it always made our gelding feel bad for a few days but different horses react differently.

keep us updated

Smile4Shannon 08-24-2012 03:42 PM

Thank you! The vet said removing wasn't a good idea, can't remember why... He's my friends gelding. I am hoping the chemo isn't too harsh on him. We will stay the course and pray for the best!

6W Ranch 08-24-2012 06:05 PM

Look into It's a black salve. One of my horses had a sarcoid on his side that was growing rapidly/aggressively. The clean horse salve got rid of it permanently in about two weeks. My dad has used it for tons of skin cancer. This is a tough location. Cutting will spread. Chemo is no good. You can give this salve internally. The guy who makes the formulation is very helpful. It's an old cowboy/indian remedy.

jaydee 08-24-2012 06:10 PM

skin cancer
I've had horses with melanoma type tumours under the dock that have never got any bigger or caused a problem. Surgery can sometimes make them worse so its a risk you have to consider
My friends gelding had cancer in the mouth like yours and unfortunately it did not respond to treatment. I think you have to give a realistic time period for improvement and then consider if he's in pain if its fair to him to continue
Sorry its not a happy reply
I really hope you have success

natisha 08-24-2012 06:12 PM

Maybe the chemo will help to shrink it so it could be resected.
That area of the body heals fast & the skin is loose enough to stitch.
I assume the vet did a biopsy to make the diagnosis?

6W Ranch 08-24-2012 06:13 PM

Probably the reason vet said removing wasn't a good idea is he knows once you start cutting, it will spread fast.

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