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Small red growth on tongue

Hello, about a month a ago I noticed a small red bump that looks smooth on my Lloyd's tongue, located in the middle towards the back of his mouth. In looking back at photos I found one where I could see it from April 2018, over a year ago. Yesterday, he went under to have it removed but they were unable to get it all as it was deep, but were able to get enough to send for a biopsy. I will get the results early next week.

Being a true worry wart, I am freaking myself out as all the articles I find indicate most growths in dog's mouths are malignant.

The vet told me the growth was more like an ulcer as it collapsed when they went into remove it. She said she could not tell it was cancerous but said the fact he's young will be in his favor (he's 4 1/2).

I've attached a picture of the growth. Would love to hear from anyone who may have had something similar. If it is cancer, I'm prepared to do whatever is best for my boy as he's my life.... he's really all I have for family and I can't even fathom losing him or seeing him suffer.

Did anyone out there have a growth that turned out to be benign (looking for positive outcome stories to relieve my worry!)



Anyone have bump on the tongue turn out to be malignant? If so, what did you do? What was the outcome? How would you recommend someone approach it? My main concern would be quality of life and not putting him through something terrible without a good outcome.
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After thinking about it, I should have also posted that he displayed no other symptoms, he has always eaten and drank normally, no change in appetite or drooling,etc. I discovered this little bump in a photo I took, which you can see in my original post is at the back of his mouth. You can only see it when he sticks his tongue alllllllllll the way out. He's got a long tongue!


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I do have a somewhat happy story with benign growth (somewhat, as lime disease was discovered during the lump removal).

Gatsby had a small lump on his chest for as long as I remember. In the last few weeks, the lump started to grow, changing shape and colour. 3 weeks ago, we removed the lump with a large margin. Biopsy returned "fibroadnexal dysplasia" a benign, non-neoplastic prolifarative lesion most commonly found in sites of repetitive trauma or chronic irritation.
During the procedure, the vet also noted significantly increased lymph nodes. I was freaking out, thinking if it is not a mast cell tumor then it will be lymphoma. It turned out neither but he was diagnosed with lime disease. In March 2019 he was lime negative and just 2 months later lime positive while being on advantage and advantix.

My lab had an aggressive (according to the technician who performed biopsy) mast cell tumor. Her tumor kept regrowing after each removal, getting closer and closer to the eye. After the last 3th removal the vet said she will not be able to remove any new growth, but the tumor never returned.

I know that saying don’t worry is not going to comfort you much, as nothing would ease my worries as I was awaiting biopsy results. You have to remember though that benign lumps are much more frequent and the only reason you see all the articles about malignant growth is that nobody bothers to write about the benign ones.

Best wishes to Lloyd. Please keep us updated.

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I don't have experience with this but best wishes to your pup and you.
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It almost looks like he picked something up and it maybe punctured his tongue. Maybe a stick or a pine cone. I've not seen this before either. Does your dog like to pick up things to chew while outside?

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Thanks for all the replies!

Looking back at photos I noticed this was on his tongue for over a year. I had originally hoped it was a blood blister from chewing something, but no such luck!


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Thanks for all the replies!

Looking back at photos I noticed this was on his tongue for over a year. I had originally hoped it was a blood blister from chewing something, but no such luck!
I wish you good luck with the diagnosis. Please keep us updated.
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Well if he's had it for a year and is still feeling great, it's probably not cancer. Hoping for good test results.


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Thank you. Once I noticed it had been there that long made me feel a bit better. I hope the results come back tomorrow!


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I just found out it is NOT the c-word!!! The vet said there was infection and it is most likely due to a foreign object being embedded in the tongue from my boy cleaning himself. She said she seen foxtails and other objects cause these types of issues if they get stuck in the tongue. My regular vet will call me tomorrow to discuss the tratment. My hope is antibiotics will due the trick but she said it may require more surgery to remove more of the infection. She couldnÂ’t say as she wasnÂ’t the one who did the procedure so she gave me worst and best case.

Either way, I am relieved it is not cancer and havenÂ’t stopped hugging him since I got the call!!!


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