‘Navajo’ was referred to the VCC in May for treatment of a growth on her left eye. Biopsy results confirmed the presence of a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). This type of tumour occurs commonly on horses that lack pigment around the eye and are exposed to ultraviolet light.
Most SCC’s are locally invasive and their appearance can vary greatly depending on its location.
There are a range of treatment options but in Navajo’s case, our medical team decided on a combination of de-bulking and cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen) under a general anaesthetic followed up with topical chemotherapy.
Today, Navajo is recovering very well with good vision and happy to be back in her paddock.