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Sorry the picture quality isn't the best, I will try again- but Sammi has had this for about 2wks. no real change- thought she had injured herself at the park, but it doesn't appear to be sore to her, I can mess with it and it doesn't bother her, its about eraser size, smooth, and raised! Vet thinks it's a wart, but was happy to either remove and biopsy or just watch and wait! Thoughts would be appreciated-Thx's- Di


 

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Did they stick a needle in it to aspirate it? I'm the nervous type, so I would opt to have it removed I think - but that's just me and my OCD ;)
 

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Did they stick a needle in it to aspirate it? I'm the nervous type, so I would opt to have it removed I think - but that's just me and my OCD ;)
No he just felt it, it doesn't appear to have any fluid, I really like my vet and he is totally happy doing what I want- I'm seriously leaning towards taking it off and doing the biopsy- would never forgive myself if it was something and not caught early- but thought if someone else's pup had something similar they might be able to tell me I'm over reacting! Thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy for thinking this way!
 

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I think/hope it's just a harmless lump. I had a KCS who had about 4 lumps that looked like that. The vet kept telling me not to worry, they were only harmless warts. She lived to be 12 with no problems.

If it makes you happy, get it taken off & get a biopsy then you'll know for sure.
 

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I would have it taken off, or aspirated at the very least. Like you, I could never forgive myself if it was something serious and I brushed it off. :(
 

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I would have it taken off, or aspirated at the very least. Like you, I could never forgive myself if it was something serious and I brushed it off. :(
Thanks so much, I might watch it for another week or so, then have it taken off just for my piece of mind! Vet said he was comfortable watching it for a month, I'm too much of a worry "wart" so to speak. She is my baby ya know, as are all of our pooches:)
 

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I would get it removed and a biopsy done. My lab had a pink, eraser-sized warty thing near his hind leg when he was 8. He was feeling fine but I discovered it when I was giving him a bath. I took him to the vet and she said it was up to me if we wanted to take a wait-and-see approach or investigate it more. I had her aspirate it and examine it thru the microscope there at the vet clinic ($110 for that). She thought the cells looked a little funny but couldn't be sure what it was so she recommended a removal and biopsy. We had it removed & it turned out to be a mast cell tumor stage I/II and were lucky that the tumor had not spread beyond the borders of its original site. My dog didn't require any chemo or meds. The bill for the removal and lab biopsy was $300. It's always good to know what you're dealing with b/c dogs who get a mast cell tumor once are more likely to get them again. Mast cell tumors account for up to 20% of skin tumors in dogs and they can be a very serious form of cancer. I'm not trying to scare you, just to let you know that something that I thought was nothing could've been a disaster for my dog and it was worth the $110 for my peace of mind. Good luck and best wishes to Sammi!
 

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I would get it removed and a biopsy done. My lab had a pink, eraser-sized warty thing near his hind leg when he was 8. He was feeling fine but I discovered it when I was giving him a bath. I took him to the vet and she said it was up to me if we wanted to take a wait-and-see approach or investigate it more. I had her aspirate it and examine it thru the microscope there at the vet clinic ($110 for that). She thought the cells looked a little funny but couldn't be sure what it was so she recommended a removal and biopsy. We had it removed & it turned out to be a mast cell tumor stage I/II and were lucky that the tumor had not spread beyond the borders of its original site. My dog didn't require any chemo or meds. The bill for the removal and lab biopsy was $300. It's always good to know what you're dealing with b/c dogs who get a mast cell tumor once are more likely to get them again. Mast cell tumors account for up to 20% of skin tumors in dogs and they can be a very serious form of cancer. I'm not trying to scare you, just to let you know that something that I thought was nothing could've been a disaster for my dog and it was worth the $110 for my peace of mind. Good luck and best wishes to Sammi!
Thanks so much for the info. I'm leaning towards getting it taken off just to be on the safe side- but it is almost all white now and truly does look like a wart- and nothing like the mass cell tumors I have seen on the internet. I'll let the vet look at it again next wk. and make a decision then- thanks again- Di
 

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How old is Sammi? Unless I know for sure it's a lipoma I usually have them asperated and checked under a scope by the vet.

When Shanny had her MCT, it just didn't feel like a lipoma to me so we asperated it. Vet saw some none fat cells in there so we had it removed. Grade II MCT.

I'm not saying this to scare you, just alert you why I usually recommend having any new lumps checked out and asperated.
 

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How old is Sammi? Unless I know for sure it's a lipoma I usually have them asperated and checked under a scope by the vet.

When Shanny had her MCT, it just didn't feel like a lipoma to me so we asperated it. Vet saw some none fat cells in there so we had it removed. Grade II MCT.

I'm not saying this to scare you, just alert you why I usually recommend having any new lumps checked out and asperated.
She is 3, there really wasn't anything to aspirate- its solid and firm - sort of like and eraser, but even smaller at this point- its almost like its "drying up" not sure if that explains it. Its also mostly white at this point. Most likely to ease my mind I will just have it taken off- I really do appreciate the input.
 

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That was a great article, the difference with Sammi's is I noticed it about 2 1/2 wks. ago and it has not grown at all- also there has been no bleeding and it doesn't seem to bother her at all- I took a couple more pictures, I'm hoping you can see it a little better- it is not smooth as it might appear in the photos'- but you know- I really just need to get it taken off, there is no downside, other then a small risk of infection as is with any procedure like this- but so much to gain- mainly my piece of mind! Thanks again- Di

 

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It could also be a skin tag (usually on older dogs but you never know).

Years ago (70s) my girl had a small lump on her chin (we suspected cancer as mom and grandmother had it). I gave alfalfa and it disappeared. Can't remember how much but I think it was 300mg daily. Something to do a bit of a search on.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1306+1448&aid=1335

http://www.b-naturals.com/alfalfa-1-lb-p-7

I am not saying your girl has cancer but either way I don't see the alfalfa hurting. Talk with your vet.

Hoping it is nothing serious.
 

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Thanks, we'll be seeing the vet next wk.- nothing has changed and infact the spot is getting smaller- so may be all for not. Luckily I can cancel at short notice-its hard to know what to do!
 
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