Soft tissue sarcomas develop from the connective tissue of the skin or just beneath it, and they are relatively common in dogs, writes veterinarian Robyn Elmslie. The tumors can be difficult to treat because they invade the nearby tissue with rootlike projections that can be invisible to the naked eye, Dr. Elmslie notes. Although tumor location has an impact on the prognosis, combining surgical excision of the tumor with radiation therapy can provide a good quality of life and a normal lifespan for some patients, she writes.

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