Soft Pink Growth on Dog's Belly is Getting Bigger
Close-Up of Dog's Belly Growth
When my dog Cali was about two years old she had a small (1/8th - 1/4 in) growth on her side / belly. It was covered by her short fur though so I was unable to get a good look at it. I took her to the vet and they told me that it was precancerous and needed to be removed. $500 later it was removed leaving a large scar but no cancer.
About a year later I met a woman that used to breed pit bulls and she said that there was only a 10% chance that it would have ever turned into full blown cancer. So when Cali got another similar but smaller growth on her lower back I wasn't too worried about it. She still has it (over a year later) but it has never grown any more and does not seem to bother her at all.
About six months ago she got another growth on her belly. This is the first one that I can really see because her hair is so fine on her belly. It is a healthy pink color. However, it has grown from about a quarter inch to about half an inch now.
Over the last two months I noticed that she had been licking it (which she didn't do with the others). Then a few nights ago I realized that she had been messing with it enough that it started bleeding. I don't know whether she was scratching it or biting it.
I just came home 3 days in a row to it bleeding. Now it is scarred up a bit at the part where it attaches to her from the bleeding.
I've touched it a couple of times and it never seems to bother her. It feels very soft and a little pliable.
I have attached the best pictures I could get. She wasn't being very cooperative today.
Also, I have noticed over the past three months or so that she seems to be having a harder time going from a laying or sitting position to a standing position and she has been having obvious muscle stiffness when getting up after laying/sitting for a while. This could just be due to her getting older but I wanted to let you know jut in case it was connected.
Cali is a pit bull/terrier mix. I got her as a young puppy from the pound about six years ago.
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