Tumour Removal From Dog’s Ankle
Bully presented to us with a large solid tumour attached to his right ankle. It been slowly growing for 2-3 years, but had reached the point where it was uncomfortable.
We placed Bully on an IV drip and anesthetised him with IV Alfaxan, and then placed him on Isoflurane gas. We made a 1cm margin cut around the base of the tumour and, using blunt dissection, slowly peeled it away from the underlying tendons and bones. There were several tough adhesions that had to be cut, and numerous blood vessels had to be clamped and tied off to prevent bleeding. The surgery took an hour to complete.
We were left with a large deficit in skin that we were unable to close. The wound was packed with Flamazine ointment (used for treating burn victims), covered with sterile gauze then bandaged.
Bully was given post op pain relief (Meloxicam) and placed on Cephalexin antibiotics.
The bandage was changed every 4-5 days, and it did not take long for some nice healthy granulation tissue to fill in the gaps to give us a smooth surface for the surrounding skin to run along and close the gap.
Granulation tissue is the cherry ripe looking tissue in the middle of the wound that you can see in the post op photos. It’s the body’s way of healing naturally, and provided there is good blood supply, nearly always forms where there is a tissue deficit.
Once it is laid down, the skin edges naturally creep along the top of it and new skin is formed. It is unusual to need skin grafts in dogs and cats as they are pretty good at this type of healing.
By 30 days, the wound had completely closed over with fresh skin and Bully was a much happier dog.