A tumor is a scary thing, especially when you see one in your dog’s ear. Since your dog is covered with hair and protected from the sun, you may not be concerned about the skin cancer. If your dog has long-standing ear infections, then it can develop an irreversible disease of the ear canal. You need to know that, skin tumors which are cancerous, are the most common tumors in dogs.
Our dogs can suffer from several types of skin tumors, ever on the ears. Cell Carcinoma is one type of tumor that affects the ears. The actual cause of ear canal tumors is unknown.
Ear tumors are polyp-like growths which are attached to the underlying tissue by a narrow base or a stalk. Ear canal tumors can arise from any of the tissues supporting or lining the ear canal, including the squamous epithelium. The canal in the ear is a long tube which has a specified beginning at the base of the earflap.
Signs of Ear Cancer In Dogs
- If your dog has an ear infection or ear canal tumor, then you may notice your dog shaking the head, scratching the ear, crying out in pain or rubbing the ear most of the time.
- Tumors can cause bleeding or discharge from the ears.
- Your dog may exhibit some signs of hearing loss, and depending on the size & location of the tumor, your dog may show some signs of vestibular impact, such as loss of balance, and difficulty blinking.
- There can be an odor from the ear.
Treatment for Ear Cancer In Dogs
Depending on the size & location of the tumor, your vet may recommend to completely remove the dog’s ear and ear canal (known as Ear canal ablation) or remove the bony part of the ear canal (known as lateral bulla osteotomy). This way your dog’s survival time will be extended by three to four times.
If the condition is very serious, then your vet will recommend removing the majority of the dog’s ear (known as lateral ear resection) & it’s a serious type of operation.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.