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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sexually Transmitted Tumors in Dogs

A female dog receiving treatment at Noah's Ark ABC Clinic. 

Transmissible Venereal Tumor (TVT) is a naturally occurring tumor that is sexually transmitted from one dog to another.  It can also be spread during routine sniffing or other contact. TVT is usually seen in young intact (non-neutered) dogs and a good number of such cases are regularly seen among street dogs living in packs.

You may observe a red, tumorous mass bulging out of the vagina, or on the penis. The tissue mass may break off upon manipulation. Blood drops may also be observed dripping from the vagina or penile foreskin. The dog will usually lick the affected area frequently.

This condition is the result of direct contact with Tumor cells from a diseased animal. It is transmitted through the sexual act or by oral contact. UNSTERILISED & FREE ROAMING DOGS are at a GREATER RISK of acquiring and spreading this disease.

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