Recently on Twitter, @KarenMcLain asked if there was anything “new” regarding treatment of equine sarcoids.
Knowing that I had a wonderful equine vet right at my fingertips, I typed on over to @EquinePractice and asked for his opinion. He graciously allowed me to print it here.
- Nothing has changed in the sarcoid world.
- Do not touch or massage it cause it will spread.
- Size matters – the smaller the easier to remove.
- X-Terra is an ointment that seems to work.
- Injection of BCG always worked for me.
- I asked clients to sign a statement that said that nothing would happen for 5 months after the injection, then an enormous battle will occur, and by 6 months the tumor will slough off.
Additional comments from Dr. Tucker:
I think the X-Terra cream really works on a good number of them.
They will return especially if treating an established tumor.
Thank you, Dr. Tucker for taking the time to answer this question.
More about Equine Sarcoids:
- What are sarcoids?
Learn about the six different presentations of this skin tumor, some are quite dramatic.
- What causes sarcoids?
Photo: Adobe’s sarcoid. Gray area, and small bumps. Click to open larger view in new window. Thanks to @KarenMcLain for the use of Adobe’s photo.
About Geoff Tucker DVM
Learn more about Dr. Tucker and his equine dentistry practice here.
- Twitter: @EquinePractice
- Web Site: Equine Dentistry Without Drama™
- Our interactive interview on my About.com Veterinary Medicine site:
Veterinary Careers – Interview with Geoff Tucker DVM