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Old 03-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Mouth Tumor

I have a 9 year old female boxer she is spayed and has been in great health. Yesterday I was giving her a bath and noticed that her breath was very smelly. I know that she has some tarter build up but once I took a closer look into her mouth I noticed on the top part of her gum there was a growth attached to her gum line. It was a pinkish red color. I called my vet and they do not have any appointments till March 18th. So in the mean time I am trying to get some feedback from anyone and doing some research online. What made me even more worried is that when I checked it this morning it was now black. She is eating fine, still running around like a puppy. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas what this could be? I am so worried about my baby and I am praying it's not cancer!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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could just be an abscess if she has bad teeth they Can change color and can pop and refill a few time however if they pop your pup wont feel all that stellar for that day or so and may be off her food as it will hurt
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That's what I thought too - could be an abscess from a bad tooth! I hope that's all it turns out to be! And if she has such bad breath, it probably is a bad tooth.
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Boxers get overgrowth gums that looks like tumors. My Emma also had a lot of them. It were removed by the vet. It can grow back if is not eliminated right from the bone. I am so happy that i did it. Now, she can eat well and doesn't have anymore bad breath. The bath breath is caused because gum bleed when they eat.
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Here is another post talking about it. It is benign. My almost 9 years old Boxer is doing great after she had the surgery.
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I was thinking hyperplasia too. Riley had it pretty bad, but due to his heart condition we couldn't risk putting him under to have it treated. Mason has it a little bit and has gotten it cut back during his dental work.
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The growths are called epulis. Epulis is a common tumor in dogs' mouths, occurring along the gum line. The bad news is that they are common types of tumors that tend to recur. The good news is that they are benign; they do not spread to other areas of the body.

Some dont bother the dogs and others need to be surgically removed. Get your vet to have a look at it when they can get you in next.
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Thank you everyone for the responses. I just worry they become so much more then a pet. Kenya was given to me a 8 weeks old as a gift and she has brought me such joy through the years. It's wonderful to see such a great group of people and support on this website that ban together for the love of BOXERS! Thank you
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Thank you everyone for the responses. I just worry they become so much more then a pet. Kenya was given to me a 8 weeks old as a gift and she has brought me such joy through the years. It's wonderful to see such a great group of people and support on this website that ban together for the love of BOXERS! Thank you
If you have a Boxer or any other, it is more than a pet for sure. I take my pets to the vets more than I go to my doctor. LOL Remember that they can not tell you when they are suffering, so the way to find out is taking it to an specialist.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Her spot that I had asked about has fallen off. I am wondering if that is normal?
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