What is dog melanoma? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

Melanoma is melanocytes or pigment cells that have unchecked division rates, and they get masses. For the most part, we see more melanomas in the dog’s mouth area, sometimes around the toenails and around the rectum. They're not necessarily based on UV radiation and light like they are with people in the skin. That's not as common in dogs. They have a nice haircoat. I think that's part of it. We tend to see them in the mouth or the oral cavity and things like that.