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Old 05-27-2010, 05:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 5yr old boxer was just diagnosed with a minor case of Gingival Hyperplasia and the vet wants to operate. Anyone out there have any experience with this type of thing? I've read that it's very common in Boxers and often time a reoccurring thing. Should I leave it or operate?? You wouldn't even know it was there unless you pry open her mouth (which she hates) and look. Oh and the bad breath was a give-away too!
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, are you absolutely sure it's gingival hyperplasia and not epulis? Boxers are more likely to get epulis. Especially since you describe it as a mild case... I would possibly get a second opinion. I also would not necessarily have it removed. My female has had a lump/bump on her, my holistic vet gave me a supplement called OncoPlex by Xymogen. Within two months the bump was gone.

She also had a bump on her gum, diagnosed as epulis. I used a comparable product since OncoPlex is prescription only, but I found BroccoMax by Jarrow at Vitamin Shoppe. Both of these supplements have the beneficial ingredient that is found in cruciferous veggies that is known to be anticarcinogenic and promotes healthy cellular activity. But it did shrink these bumps on my girl, sparing her from an invasive surgical procedure.

Broccomax by Jarrow Formulas - JF-7330 - at The Vitamin Shoppe
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I looked up 'epulis' online and it does sound more like what she has. I think I will get a second opinion and try the holistic way first. What concerns me most is when I read this:
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An epulis may be suspected by its location and appearance, but it is necessary to biopsy the tumor to distinguish if from other oral tumors. A pathologist will examine the tissue microscopically to determine if it is an epulis, and of what type. Other oral tumors include squamous cell carcinoma (malignant), and other benign tumors such as fibromas, lipomas, and histiocytomas.
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Yes, please get a second opinion if you think it looks like it is the epulis. While no one wants their babies to have any lumps, it's best to get a proper diagnosis first -- I'm not saying of course that it is epulis for sure, but gingival hyperplasia can get really ugly and grow pretty fast. When you said mild case, it just made me think it's more likely the epulis (I'm no vet by any means either!) I'm so "up in the air" on biopsies at this time myself, that I don't even know how I would proceed if one were suggested. My last girl had a lump on her leg. My vet at that time (way before I knew anything about holistic medicine) did remove it. It did end up being benign, so it is possible that lumps can occur and be noncancerous. Wishing you the best, and please update once you've gotten another opinion.
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My 8 1/2 year boxer had a mild case of ginvival hyperplasia. What I mean by mild, the gums had grown over his incisor teeth. His back teeth were fine.
I never heard of the condition until I took my boxer in for a check-up and just happen to mentioned to my vet Maximus had lost his front teeth.
My vet diagnosed the problem, but recommended I consult with a dental specialist.
We did consult with a specialist, and after speaking with the surgeon we decided it was better for long term health to go through with the surgery. The surgeon we consulted with told us that when the gums grow over the teeth it traps hair, food, and a lot of bad things that filters through the dog's liver and kidneys. It was a very expensive procedure. Total cost was a little over $1100, the price included a thorough cleaning, gum resection, and the removal of 3 incisor teeth. Maximus was born with extra teeth.

I would listen Christine about the second opinion. I find it extremely odd your vet can perform the resection surgery.
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From what I can see it's only on one of her back teeth. I only noticed it because the weather is getting warmer and she was panting and I caught a glimpse. At first I thought it was an abscess! The vet wasn't overly concerned and said that they would amputate the tissue and send it for a biopsy if it was 'boney' and clean her teeth while she was under. The cost isn't the issue at all, just being an overly protective mom! I will get a second opinion (I have a feeling they will all say the same thing) and go from there. No holistic or dental vets in this town! I feel like vets often over vaccinate and definitely over charge!
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No holistic or dental vets in this town! I feel like vets often over vaccinate and definitely over charge!

Is this place close to you?

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From what I can see it's only on one of her back teeth. I only noticed it because the weather is getting warmer and she was panting and I caught a glimpse. At first I thought it was an abscess! The vet wasn't overly concerned and said that they would amputate the tissue and send it for a biopsy if it was 'boney' and clean her teeth while she was under.
Christine is right, it doesn't sound like gingival hyperplasia. I had to look up epulis and that is not what my boxer's condition looked like.
His was a mild form of the photos posted in this thread-

Gingival Hyperplasia

Maximus' front gums were no where near as bad as the poor guy in the other thread.
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Wow...that poor doggie in that other thread! That breaks my heart. Thank you JennTyson! The place you suggested is only about an hour away and I plan on making an appointment right away! My boxer did finally let me poke around in her mouth some more and I can see icky stuff under the epilus on the tooth. Thanks everyone, I'll let you know how the appointment goes!
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Cool!! I'm glad JennTyson found that place I hope you have a good experience there. Seems like good people Keep us posted.
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