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Dear Daisy Dog

My 11-year-old toy poodle has over a dozen tumors on and under her skin. Some look like warts, and some bleed a bit.

Because of the number of masses, I don’t want to put my dog through surgery. My veterinarian suggested doing nothing, because the tumors don’t bother her. Are there any other options?

Daisy Responds

It sounds like the masses don’t bother your dog, but some – especially those that bleed – may trouble you.

If so, ask your veterinarian whether those are amenable to cryosurgery.

Because “cryo” means cold, you might already have figured out that some skin masses can be destroyed by freezing.

Within a week or two after the masses are sprayed with a very cold liquid, similar to liquid nitrogen, they turn black, shrivel up and fall off.

Best of all, there’s minimal discomfort, so no anesthesia is needed.

My standard poodle sister, Molly, had a couple of warts, which Mom froze off using a spray called Verruca-Freeze.

For more information on this product, your veterinarian can visit www.cryosurgeryinc.com.

After her cryosurgery, Molly looked like a perfect princess again, and Mom was pleased not to have to worry about blood stains on the furniture.

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