Salivary gland

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Canine salivary glands are accessory glands located throughout the oral cavity and include the parotid, mandibular, sublingual and zygomatic glands.

A number of diseases of the salivary glands have been reported in dogs, including:

- Salivary gland adenoma
- Salivary gland carcinoma
- Angiolipoma[2]

Salivary gland tumors are uncommon in dogs, with an overall incidence of 0.17%[3]. Primary malignant epithelial tumors are the most frequently diagnosed.

Malignancies are locally infiltrative and metastasis to regional lymph nodes is common. Distant metastasis has been reported, although very few.

Salivary gland tumors include adenocarcinomas, carcinomas, adenomas, mixed tumors and rarely carcinosarcomas[4], malignant myoepitheliomas[5] and osteosarcomas[6].


  1. Almeida, AP et al (2010) Salivary gland carcinosarcoma in a dog. Braz J Vet Pathol 3(2):137-141
  2. Kitshoff AM et al (2010) Infiltrative angiolipoma of the parotid salivary gland in a dog. J S Afr Vet Assoc 81(4):258-261
  3. Carberry, CA et al (1988) Salivary gland tumors in dogs and cats: A literature and case review. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 24:561-567
  4. Perez-Martinez, C et al (2000) Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (giant cell type) associated with a malignant mixed tumor in the salivary gland of a dog. Vet Pathol 37:350-353
  5. Faustinoa, AM & Dias Pereira, P (2007) A salivary malignant myoepithelioma in a dog. Vet J 173:223-226
  6. Thomsen, BV & Myers, RK (1999) Extraskeletal osteosarcoma of the mandibular salivary gland in a dog. Vet Pathol 36:71-73