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Ocular melanocytic neoplasia in dogs and cats

Michael Finn and others, Purdue University, Indiana

Tumours of melanocytic origin in ocular tissues are relatively uncommon in dogs and cats.

Although many of these are benign, some have a high potential for metastasis and even small ocular masses can be significant due to their potential vision-threatening sequelae.

The prognosis and treatment will depend on factors such as the location, extent and histological characteristics of the tumour.

The authors review the clinical presentation and biological behaviour of such tumours, together with the available treatment options.

Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 30 (1): 19-25.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine.