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Lump, Bump, Growth on Back Side of Ear, or Near Base of Ear

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

    Although uncommon, a variety of masses and tumors can develop on the equine ear. The tissues of the ear are very difficult to work with surgically. There is little loose skin and the supporting cartilage is right under the skin. This cartilage is easily damaged by disease or overly aggressive treatment. Once a mass has grown large on the ear, it may be very difficult to remove without permanent disfigurement.

    WHAT TO DO

    Due to these concerns, contact your vet at the first sign of a tumor or growth on the outside of your horse’s ear. Take a photo when you first notice a problem and send it to your vet.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    Following a general physical exam your vet will carefully assess the ear and surrounding areas. Sedation for a proper ear examination may be necessary as this area can be sensitive.

    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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