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FOUR PAWS vet team discovers horse with tumour & operates


While continuing the vaccination program in Letea, Romania, the FOUR PAWS team encountered a stallion that seemed to have an unusual growth on its ear. After identifying it with binoculars, the team decided it was most probably a tumour, and decided to tranquillise the horse in order to carry out a proper veterinary assessment. 

On-the-spot surgical removal of the tumour
© FOUR PAWS | 2016

Once we managed to anaesthetise the horse, we were able to identify the skin tumour as most probably an equine sarcoid, one of the most common skin neoplasia seen on horses. It is not life-threatening but could be very invasive, especially near the eyes. 


There are several treatments for such diseases, but on a free-roaming horse our experienced team was left with just one solution: on-the-spot surgical removal of the tumour and continued observation of the animal in the wild.

After the surgery the horse returned to its group.
© FOUR PAWS | 2016

Thankfully, the surgery went very well. After one hour the horse woke up and received some long-lasting antibiotics and painkillers from our vet. As soon as the horse was able to stand up, he returned to his group.


We will be monitoring the stallion's progress and wishing him a speedy recovery.