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Old 12-18-2011, 03:31 PM
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Growth on toe/top of paw? Warning- pics inside

Today my boyfriend and I were walking Vito when he accidentally stepped on his foot and he started to bleed. I thought it was ripped toenail, so waited until we got home to investigate. Come to find out it is some kind of lump/growth on the top of his toe/paw. It didn't bleed a ton, and I cleaned it with antiseptic. The front of the lump seemed to almost peel off when I cleaned it...

I am always playing with his feet and trimmed his nails a week ago...I never noticed anything then. I'm going to call the vet first thing in the AM, but any idea what this is? Vito leaves it completely alone and it doesn't seem to really bother him. Sorry for the nasty pictures.






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Old 12-18-2011, 03:57 PM
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Since it's raw, I'd be at the vet as soon as possible.
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We are near the end of a long saga that began with a similar growth on Joker's left front foot. That tale is told in two threads: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ell-tumor.html (Joker Does NOT have a mast cell tumor!!!!) and http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...er-please.html (Prayers for Joker, please).

The first vet who looked at the odd growth said it might be an "old dog wart" (Joker is 10) but thought it was probably mast cell cancer and needed to come out. Then an oncologist said no way - did a needle aspiration and said there was inflammation but no cancer and we should watch it and follow up as needed. Joker likes to lick his foot and soon he had a shiny red growth that was getting bigger and starting to split open, despite our best efforts to manage it. So off to a veterinary referral clinic we go, for yet another evaluation and aspiration. To shorten a long story, the surgeon was able to get all of the growth and he was able to close the incision, despite fears that there would not be enough skin for that. The mass was not cancer of any kind and Joker is just now beginning to go for hours at a time without his dread cone.

All of that said, that growth probably needs to come off and the sooner the better, since many such things grow and spread quickly to other areas - or so we were told about Joker's. I hope you are able to get to good veterinarian who can do what is needed quickly.
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We are new to the area and haven't found a vet yet...just a highly rated e-vet for emergencies.

I scoured Yelp and Google this morning...found a clinic open today and we are taking him in an hour. Fingers crossed that it is nothing serious.
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Good luck! Please keep us posted.

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I hope it's nothing major.

Is that black spot a scab or is it a skin tag of some sort?
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I hope it's nothing major.

Is that black spot a scab or is it a skin tag of some sort?
I'm not sure? I thought it was dirt from being outside...but it doesn't rub come off very easy.
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I'm not sure? I thought it was dirt from being outside...but it doesn't rub come off very easy.
Ask the vet about it when you go. I don't want to add a new worry--but we found a black dot/skin tag thing on Toby's nose. It's still too small to biopsy according to his regular vet, but in the discussions she mentioned the color black sometimes indicates a melanoma. They usually aren't as serious as it initially seems unless they are inside the mouth or embedded in the nail beds of dogs and those you want to get off asap. That's why I asked and I really don't want to worry you at this point. It could be just part of the sore--a blackish scab or something. Please keep us posted.
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Definitely hit the vet. It's very hard to tell what it might be from the pictures, especially since it looks torn up, so it's hard to see what it might have looked like before the injury.

Remember that most growths are benign, so don't freak out. But do get a vet's hands-on opinion and keep us posted.
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