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Small growth on the top of my dog's paw

Three days ago I noticed a growth on the top of my dog's paw at the base of the web between her first and second toenail. It is attached at a small place on the growth.

The only example I can think of is if you blew a balloon up and held the part of the balloon where your mouth went to keep the air inside, the balloon would seem "attached," but you could push it from side to side and move it around. The growth on her paw is "mobile," I guess you would say ... it is not like a cyst. It is attached at a small point on the growth, but the rest of the growth can be moved from side to side.

I have seen her licking it, but rarely... maybe three times in the last three days. So I don't get the impression that it bothers her very much at all. When I touch it and move it around, she nudges her nose at me to stop, but it doesn't seem to cause her any pain.

It looks pink with a whitish roughness on the surface. When I noticed it, it was this very size, and over the course of the last three days it has not changed in size or color. I have read that it could be just a wart, but I have also read about papillomas, malignant tumors, etc.

A little more background about her...

I adopted her as a rescue about two and a half months ago. She is a West Highland White Terrior. As far as I know, she doesn't have any acute health problems. The only thing I can point out is that her teeth are very brown, which I attributed to her diet being poor most of her life. She was caged all of her life and just used to breed. The rescue folks think she is about five or six.

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Jan 21, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Small growth on top of my dog's paw
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

The growth on your female West Highland White Terrier's paw is a wart. See our page on Dog Warts for more information.

Even though you only noticed it 3 days ago, the growth was probably there when you adopted her 2 1/2 months ago. Now she is starting to lick it and her saliva is causing the slight brown staining of her hair. These warts will develop because of too many vaccinations, a condition which holistic veterinarians call 'vaccinosis'.

If the wart is only attached by a small 'stem', it may be ready to fall off. In my opinion, there is nothing for you to do, unless she chews or licks it so much that it becomes infected. You can keep the area clean with hydrogen peroxide, but do not apply anything topical to 'draw' her attention to it, as she may lick it more.

You also mentioned that her teeth were brown. This indicates that she needs to get her teeth cleaned! See our page on Dog Dental Hygiene.

You might consider consulting with a holistic veterinarian to discuss maintaining her on a good healthy diet, proper maintenance of her teeth, and a look at the wart for a 'second' opinion.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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

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