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Good morning! I took Rocco and Wrigley to the vet on Friday for their annual shots. I had the vet check a lump we noticed on Wrigley's gum. He diagnosed it as an epulis tumor and recommended gum surgery. Have any of you had experience with these?
 

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Duke has one. Our vet recommended getting him more chew toys. It's not out of control at this point, so hopefully his recommendation works.

How bad is Wrigley's?
 

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Duke has one. Our vet recommended getting him more chew toys. It's not out of control at this point, so hopefully his recommendation works.

How bad is Wrigley's?
That's great you can get a handle on Duke's with chew toys. Wrigley's is much worse. The vet said it's about 2-3 times bigger than most he has seen and is covering a couple of his teeth. We noticed a few weeks ago he was eating slower but he is on special food because he had leptospirosis and has never really liked it so we didn't think much about it. I happened to look in his mouth a couple of weeks ago and noticed a large bump on his gums. It didn't seem to hurt him when I touched it but I had the vet look at it.
 

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Why is he on a vet diet due to leptospirosis?

Boxers are prone to gingival hyperplasia, this is where the gums start to come up over the teeth. They can also get epuli like growths which are usually benign. Both can be removed easily. I did two girls last year. Had their mouths lasered to recede the gums.
 

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Why is he on a vet diet due to leptospirosis?

Boxers are prone to gingival hyperplasia, this is where the guns start to come up over the teeth. They can also get epuli like growths which are usually benign. Both can be removed easily. I did two girls last year. Had their mouths layered to recede the gums.
We rescued him 7 years ago and when I took him to have him neutered, his liver numbers were way off so after some testing, they found out he had leptospirosis. They recommended that he be on Science Diet L/D.
 

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Update on Epulis Tumor

Wrigley had surgery last Thursday and the vet removed the tumor, two teeth and found that Wrigley's jaw is deteriorating on both sides. He got the results of the biopsy yesterday which was gingiva acanthomatous blastoma, a benign tumor that often invades the bone. His recommendation is removing part of his jaw but he suggested we get a second opinion. We have an appointment at the University of Illinois Veterinary Clinic on 2/28.
 

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Oh my goodness! Well I'm glad that you got that taken care of promptly. I hope they can come up with another solution besides removing part of his jaw!
 

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Oh my goodness! Well I'm glad that you got that taken care of promptly. I hope they can come up with another solution besides removing part of his jaw!
Me too! He said if they only have to remove it on one side, he'll just be a sloppy eater and drinker but if they have to remove it on both sides, we'd have to hand feed him, which we don't mind having to do, but I just wonder what his quality of life would be at that point.
 

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Will his jaw continue to deteriorate even though the tumor was removed?
I'm not sure. From the research I've done, it looks like that if they're able to do a wide local excision of the gum and bone that are affected, that provides a cure. But depending on the location, sometimes it's not possible to remove all tumor cells surgically. In that case, they recommend radiation therapy.
 

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UPDATE!!

We took Wrigley to the U of I last Tuesday. They did a CT scan on his mouth and body. They only found deterioration of his jaw on the right side and also found a mast cell tumor on his chest. They ended up keeping him overnight and on Wednesday, they removed the mast cell tumor and performed a segmental mandibulectomy (removed about 2" of his jaw bone on the right side). He was able to come home Thursday afternoon and has been doing great ever since. We should get the biopsy on the MCT early this week but the biopsy on the jaw bone will take 2-3 weeks. He'll be on soft food for a month.
 
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