I found the attached bump on 6-month-old Elphie's paw two days ago. It doesn't seem to be growing (yet), and she gets a bit fidgety if I touch it, although it doesn't seem to cause pain specifically. I don't want to be a hypochondriac, but is this something I should get checked out sooner rather than later? A friend told me about another friend's dog who ended up having a cancerous tumor on their foot, so I don't want to ignore something potentially dangerous. That being said, I also don't want to run a bunch of unnecessary tests on my dog if she doesn't need them. Her overall energy, eating, and everything else are normal.
Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
Side Note: This was also the day after she had her first toenail trimming/filing at PetSmart.
Hard to tell from a picture. Perhaps there was an "opps" by the nail trimmer. Also young dogs can get papillomas that go away as the dogs immune system gets stronger. it is always best to have your vet check out any growth on your dog.
It could be she got something in her foot, a briar or sliver and the body formed a natural casing around the foreign body. Also, if a dog gets a tick and part is left in, a bump can form at the site. I'd watch it to see if it grows. Does it seem to be hard, or fluid filled?
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
It hasn't grown in the last couple of days, and it's hard. I tried squeezing it gently to see if something was inside, but she wasn't a fan of that. The outside is kind of crusty like a scab, but it's grey. Thanks for the info. I'll see how it's doing tomorrow/Monday.
Hard to say from the photo. Try to take a close up of the foot only.
Young dogs get things called histiocytomas. They are harmless and usually go away on their own. They are often called "button tumors"
Update: I checked Elphie's foot this morning, and the bump has shrunk considerably (almost gone). I'll keep an eye on it for sure, but hopefully it was just a minor skin irritation. We do go to the park often, and there are bees. Maybe a bee sting? Either way, thanks to all for the help! I've learned a lot about skin conditions in the last week