Growth on dog's paw

gerryc28March 18, 2009

I always check my "Goldie" for ticks and felt a spot on her back leg near the top of her paw. Looks exactly like an engorged tick - similar in size and appearance - but it isn't. Hasn't seemed to grow this week and she doesn't lick it or anything. Thinking back, I think I remember a scab in that area. Any ideas?


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Could it be an interstitial cyst?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 12:49PM
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Histiocytoma? These are very common. My dog had one on his butt last year - it fell off within a month.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 6:03PM
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Our 3 1/2 year old labradoodle got a raisin size black cauliflower growth on her ear. We took to our vet and she removed it for $450. it came back a few months later, we left it alone and it just went away on it's own. The vet said it is like warts on humans, and is a virus so nothing can be done?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 6:34PM
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Anything that does not belong on the skin could be nothing, or it could be serious. Ignoring it is not responsible pet ownership.

Since we are sharing stories: years ago, under my vet's supervision, we kept an eye on a little growth on my cat's paw. When it did not go away, the biopsy showed mast cell cancer (rare in cats), which had mastisized , and might have been better dealt with had it been removed the years before, when we first saw it. This killed her in a few years.

So. I am now all for biopsies and removing things.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 7:52PM
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At least have the vet stick a needle in it and read the cytology if it is not obvious what the growth is. Some are obvious, some are not.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 8:45PM
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my great dane girl had a growth between her toes on her left back foot. it was EXACTLY as you describe, it looked just like an engorged tick, almost the size of a marble. had it removed last week and we are waiting for lab test results. my vet said he was 90% sure it was nothing serious but it wasn't supposed to be there and he wanted it removed.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 5:56AM
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Yes, do have a vet check it. Mine told me about the histiocytoma and told me to leave it alone and let her know if it didn't go away by itself.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 3:29PM
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gerryc28, how old is Goldie and what breed is she?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 6:32PM
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