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820 Thompson Ave # 2
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone: 818-242-5576
Fax: 818-247-5860

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Tell me about cancer in snakes

Q: Have you had any experience with cancer in snakes? I have had two snakes with the diagnosis of spindle-cell sarcoma, and I am at wits end as to what might have caused this type of cancer. Any info you might have would be greatly appreciated. I live in rural north Georgia and can't think of any environmental issues that could have caused these tumors. Any thoughts?

A: Snakes and other reptiles develop cancer just like humans and other mammals. I have seen many different types of cancers in snakes and lizards. As with most cancers in other species, we are unable to pinpoint the cause of most snake cancers. They seem to occur spontaneously.

Spindle cell carcinoma is a diagnosis made when the cell types are unidentifiable as a specific organ or tissue type. They are immature cells of an ellipsoid shape. I have found pathologists unfamiliar with snake tissues make this diagnosis because they cannot identify the tissue type. When submitting samples for analysis, be sure to submit only to a pathologist familiar with reptiles. Most pathologists are not.

Treatment of cancers is almost exclusively surgical in reptiles. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are too risky in cold blooded animals. I have known some snakes to live for many years with known tumors. With a slow metabolism, cancers also grow slowly.

Chris Cauble created Mobile Vet, the original house call service in 1985, and has been serving the Los Angeles Area ever since. Mobile Vet has been seen on TV, heard on radio shows and featured in many newspapers.

Mobile Vet offers state of the art medical care including vaccinations, surgery, behavioral & habitat counseling, as well as emergency and routine medicine for all species of animals. We also offer dignified and humane euthanasia. 

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DayOpenClosed
Monday8:00am4:00pm
Tuesday8:00am4:00pm
Wednesday8:00am4:00pm
Thursday8:00am4:00pm
Friday8:00am4:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

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