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Dog Skin Growth

by Brenda Brown
(Alberta, Canada)



Our 10 year old male boxer has often had skin tags, warts, and flat pigmented areas that come and go. Two months ago, we thought this growth was a simple wart, but, as it has increased significantly in size, it has become a concern.

It does not appear to bother Jake at all - it is not tender to palpation, nor does he scratch at it or lick it. It is located on his left upper flank. It is 1 cm in diameter, and is about 1 cm thick. Our vet is keen to operate, believing it to be a mast cell tumor (but without pathology), but after reading about mast cell tumors, this does not appear to be typical in appearance, nor symptomatically (no itching, hives, sytemic reactions, etc).

Jake's health otherwise is fine. He has multiple allergies, mostly food related, and occasionally breaks out in hives (and has so since he was a pup). Thank you for reviewing this.

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May 28, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Dog Skin Growth
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Brenda,
Boxers are notorious for developing cancerous type lesions. So, I can understand your concern for seeking out some other opinions. But, looking at the photo you submitted of Jake's growth, it still appears to be 'wart-like', even if it has grown in the past 2 months.

You did not mention if he has had any recent vaccines. That would be my first 'suspect' as to the reason why this growth has suddenly appeared.
Nor did you mention what diet he is eating. Improving his diet would be important to help boost his immune system, and maintain his health. Check out our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options, and scroll down to the raw dog food diets.

You did mention that he is prone to dog skin allergies/dog food allergies. These symptoms would be important to mention to a holistic veterinarian.

And that would be my advice, before having surgery done. In the meantime, you could start (1X is the potency) applied topically to the growth, one to two times daily for three weeks, while you are searching for a holistic veterinarian.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Jul 27, 2011
Boxer skin growth
by: Anonymous

My boxer has the same thing in the same area. His continues to grow and it has started to bleed slightly. It doesnt bother him but my other dog does lick it. I'm trying to find the ointment that was recommended but without luck. If you found that ointment please reply. Meanwhile i put a triple antibiotic. Hopefully this will help.

Jul 28, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Dog Skin Growth
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hello,
You can click here to order it online:

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Related Pages:
- Dog Warts,
- Dog Skin Conditions,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Warts, Cysts and Strange Growths Section



Jul 28, 2011
Update on Jake the Boxer
by: Brenda Brown

After reading Dr. Tillman's comments, and not being able to locate a Canadian source for the Thuya ointment, we had Jake assessed by a local holistic vet. After pathology was done, and revealed a 'strong likelihood' of a benign histiocytoma, she prescribed DMSO gel (Dimethylsulfoxide) applied twice daily. With a week, the mass had begun to shrink; within a month, it completely disappeared. We have also adjusted his diet slightly (Evo dry, rather than Orijen), adding salmon oil with probiotics, and additional glucosamine. I am pleased to report that he is doing very well!

Jul 28, 2011
wrap the growth
by: Anonymous

how were you able to cover it? i tried putting gauze and medical tape but he was going in circles trying to take it off. because its high up it difficult to wrap around his leg.
thank you for your response.

Jul 28, 2011
Covering the growth
by: Brenda Brown

We used a large, 'super stick' band-aid brand patch, and put it over the growth after applying the ointment directly to the patch. We would remove the old one rapidly (it stuck really well!) while he was eating, and would quickly apply the new one, also while he was eating. Given his love of food, he was only briefly distracted, and then forgot that the band-aid was there. I'm not sure if this would work with a long haired dog, but it worked well with our short-haired boxer! Good Luck.

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