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Old 02-13-2007, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last night after we got back from the dog park, I went to bath Chloe. *I noticed a red bump - looked so red I thought it was bleeding. *It looks like a small marble on her hind "knee". *It is about the same size today and she doesn't seem to be tender in the area, but there is no hair on this small spot. *We have a vet appointment tomorrow afternoon, but does anyone have an idea of what this might be?
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the description of what Abby has on her belly...our vet said most likely a hy---(I can't remember what it is called...but started with "hy") which is a relatively common occurrence in some breeds such as boxers. Nothing dangerous and typically it comes off on it's own in 2 to 3 months. If not, then they will cut it off. They did however test for cancer cells which came back negative. Good luck!
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are called hystiocytomas!! Roxy had one about a year old on her hind knee! It got really big! They are not cancerous and will go away on their own(just in case the vet tells you surgery is needed) They are quite common in Boxers! I know of some that have had 4 or 5 of them! They arent anything to worry about!
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes! That's what it was...I noticed last night that Abby's is pretty scabbed up and there's a crack down the middle so I assume that it is drying up. It did continue to grow for some time (we noticed growth each day) and ended at about the diameter of a penny (edges were very pink/red and stretched out looking)...it just stopped growing one day though and started to scab over.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well the vet seems to think it is a tumor * although he said that it could be the hy...?? that you are talking about. *He said that both are common in boxers and he would recommend removing it. *I asked if it was necessary, and he said that it is rather large for someone just noticing it (I bath her every week and it wasn't there last week). *He said that it could be a tumor and that there are different types - he said some are malignant and some are benign, and some fall somewhere in the middle. *He told me that right now it is at the skin level and that if we take it out now it will be easier than taking it out if it gets larger, plus if we biopsey it and it is somewhere between that benign and malignant tumor we can keep an eye out for future tumors and take care of them quickly. *She goes in first thing in the morning to have it removed.

This sucks - she acted horribly for about 4 days after she was spayed from the anethesia (diarrehea and vomiting) - I hope it doesn't happen again. *
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would definitely get it off of her and biopsy it. Buster had three of them removed all at once. One was black, kind of like a skin tag looking thing. The other two were pink and raised, just different in size. All three came back benign. I just wouldn't mess with any lumps or bumps. Get them checked. Chances are they will come back benign, but if they don't, then at least you might be able to catch it early enough to do something about it. I really don't understand the in between thing. I thought they were either benign or malignant.
Good Luck with it, and keep us posted as to what you find out. Fingers and paws crossed for you!
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They explained the "in between" to me this morning. *It is basically a tumor that has some malignant characteristics but doesn't need to be treated like a cancer - just removed. *So no chemo or anything like that. *I hope they call me pretty soon and tell me everything's okay - I hate the waiting.
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Good luck. *I will keep my fingers crossed that everything is OK.
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The vet called - she's fine

We will get the results back on the biopsy in a week or two.
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Glad everything went well at the vets. This is going to be a long week for you. Fingers and paws crossed that everything will come back okay.
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