Dark Purple, Brown and Red Pea-Sized Skin Growth with 3 Close Bumps Behind Dog's Ear
by Jennifer W.
Growth behind left ear
I found a growth behind my dog's ear, see attached pic. The pea-sized growth is right where the back of her ear meets the top left side of her head. It is relatively hard, but not calcitrant, and it is dark purple/brown/red in color. It looks as if the growth is 3 separate bumps fused together.
It did not seem to bother Tink when I touched it. I'm surprised I didn't find the growth before tonight, as I've scratch behind her ears multiple times during the past few days, which leads me to believe it may have appeared at some point today. Although it's possible it has been there all along. I have noticed that she has been vigorously scratching both ears today, but this growth doesn't appear to be merely the result of scratching.
History: I just adopted my 6 year old female Maltese, Tinkerbell, on Monday. I immediately took her to the Vet to get her up to date on shots and to get her checked out.
The vet gave her rabies, bordetella, and parvo vaccines. The Vet said she badly needs a teeth cleaning and she has a grade 2-3 heart murmur.
It also appears that she has some scar tissue in her ears, likely due to previous ear infections. The Vet did not notice the growth.
Tonight I got her nails clipped, and the groomer mentioned her nails are in bad shape, possibly due to a poor diet. Since living with me, I am positive her quality of life has improved dramatically. She has a very friendly, loving, quiet demeanor. She has become increasingly affectionate and happy each day.
After returning to get her nails clipped tonight, I was scratching Tinkerbell behind her left ear and felt a bump.
Can you help me determine what the growth is or isn't? I'm hoping it is not as serious as a mast cell tumor, and is merely a wart or harmless growth.
Thanks for the help!
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