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Histiocytoma - compare photo?

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by boxerprincess, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. boxerprincess

    boxerprincess Super Boxer

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    Hi all....

    Over the past couple of weeks Mac has developed a big ole growth on his back paw. He has another between his front toes as well- but its not quite as large.

    Vet thinks its a Histiocytoma and expects it to go down on its own over the next few weeks... but instead its still growing and getting yuckier looking by the day. I never like what i read on peteducation.com...I always, always, always! read the worst into it! :(

    Can someone whos had a pup with one of these nasty things check out the pic and tell me if thats what your pups looked like?

    macs paw

    Thanks!

    Tracey

    ps. thats a blood spot right in the middle...this was taken first thing in the am (pre-licking!) so its drier looking then it normally is (and its def. not a bug/insect bite - but with the blood spot, it kinda looks like one)
     
  2. mobrian

    mobrian Completely Boxer Crazy

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    Yes. That is a hystiocytoma. Jesse just had one removed from her neck two weeks ago tomorrow. We tried to wait for it to go away on its own but it got infected really bad. The inside of it rotted out and smelled like something died.

    FYI, here is another thread.
    http://www.boxerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=32873
     
  3. Linda/NJ

    Linda/NJ Boxer Insane

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    Yes, I would say it is. Ginger had one a few years back on her elbow and it looked similar to that, but got darker and bigger. I know they say it will go away, we had her's removed. Just keep an eye on it. The vet told me they are nothing to worry about but we worry about our "boxers". She had a small one on her upper thigh last year and it fell off a couple times then finally disappeared. Good luck, I am sure Mac will be just fine.;)

    Linda & Ginger
     
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    ssleighter Completely Boxer Crazy

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    My guess would be that it is indeed a hystiocytoma. It looks just like the one Ginger had on her toe a few months ago. My Ginger's never went away either, so we had it removed and biopsied just to be certain.

    Sharon :D
     
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    Draymia BW Adviser<br><img src="/forums/images/modpaw.gif"

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    It looks like one to me also. I have had great luck in treating with Betadine. I used iodine once and it also worked. Usually with the Betadine they are all but gone within a week. Of course it takes a lot longer for the hair to grow back. I give it a really good scrub and don't rinse off, twice a day.

    :)
     
  6. DixieDiana

    DixieDiana Boxer Buddy

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    I would say that is what it is. The unfortunate thing is.....often they do not go away on their own and have to be removed. Hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones. :)
     
  7. Debbie Magon

    Debbie Magon Boxer Pal

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    I find that if they puff up and fall off they are fine.
    If they stay flattish and yuckky looking its probably better to get it removed and start the healing.
    Course hystiocytomas are harmless as far as vets are aware and many young boxers suffer from them.
    I dont think they turn cancerous and if they do my vet seems to think they wernt a hystio to begin with.
    I like Dramias idea of using the Iodine or Betadine to dry them out.
    Never have with my guys but it makes sense to keep the skin dry.
     
  8. boxerprincess

    boxerprincess Super Boxer

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    Thanks everyone! Any idea how big they get ?
     
  9. Aimee

    Aimee Boxer Insane

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    The picture you show is the size that Lexi and Baxter's both got. We had great luck treating with colloidal silver. You can purchase this at a health food store. Both of theirs went away without surgery after several weeks :) Good luck.
     
  10. Jaelle

    Jaelle Completely Boxer Crazy

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    Igor just had two of these things growing, one on the paw (in fact, it's a little less red, but except that, your picture could be one of Igor's paw) and the other one is rigth on the top of the head!!!:( It looks ok, it's dry with no swelling, in fact, the one on the head seems to get smaller (I noticed it 3 days ago), but I have an appointement to the vet Friday to be sure. Hope it will go soon, the one on the head is very ugly on my so cute little boy!!!

    Pénéloppe had one last year, and it went away in a month, hope it will be the same!
     
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