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Mast cell on my male beagles head

by MichaelRay Monaco
(Colton, CA, USA)

We noticed on July 12, 2010 that our male beagle had a small bump on his head. As the week went on we noticed it getting bigger and on Friday of that week we decided to take him into the vet.

The bump was raised and red and looked a lot bigger than when it had first popped up. The vet said it looked like a mast cell or histiocytosis and gave us some cream to put on it.

The cream he gave us is called Resortin, and he told us to check back with him in 2 weeks. We have been applying the Resortin twice daily for about 3 days now and the bump hasn't gone down at all. We have also been giving him 25mg of Benadryl twice a day.

Our female beagle was bitten by a kissing bug around the same time our male beagles bump popped up, so we are not sure if he may have gotten bit, or if its something totally different. He is also known to try and catch bees and wasps and all kinds of bugs, so he may have gotten stung or bit.

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Jul 19, 2010
My Online Vet Response for Mast Cell on Male Beagle's Head
by: Dr.Carol Jean Tillman

Hi MichaelRay,

From the photo you posted of your beagle, the growth does appear to resemble that of a mast cell, more than an insect sting or bite.

If it has been growing larger in the past week in spite of 'conservative' therapy, I would suggest either having it surgically removed, and submitted for a biopsy, or obtaining another opinion from a holistic veterinarian.

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Nov 22, 2011
My dog has similiar bump
by: Kathy

My dog has a similiar bump to this, just curious if there was a home remedy to try before have her to the vet, (I don't have much $ and wondered if there was anything I could do to help this.

Jun 20, 2015
This was very helpful
by: Anonymous

This was very helpful, I have a beagle with the same mass in his ear. I went to the vet and they told me that its probably a tumor. Now i´m sure!:(
He has to go to surgery this week...

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