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« on: October 20, 2011, 10:05:08 AM »

Hey all,
Hennessey now has a hard red lump on the top of her front right foot. It's below her ankle, above her toes, and off to the right side of the foot. First I thought she may have bumped it on something but it's been there for a bit and doesn't seem to be going down. It's about the size of a marble. I know dogs can get bone spurs but I also know mast cell tumors can appear hard. She licks it occasionally and it doesn't appear painful when I touch it. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I'm a little worried but trying not to overreact. We are barely 6 months out from her TPLO surgery and I can't bare the thought of her having another surgery. Hoping you all have good news! Thanks for your time Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 10:11:50 AM »

I would get it checked out. Sounds very similar to what my Rubi had when she was about 3yo - if you search Rubi lump, you may find a thread or two about it with pics. Turned out to be an MCT. Removed and cleared and still going strong 3 years later with nothing to show but a scar. Don't overreact, these things are common and if caught early, can be removed easily. Rubi's actually had been growing for almost 2 years before we finally had it aspirated. We had several vets look at it at various appts and all said to keep an eye on it. One day, she was out running, scraped it and it got very angry. So had it checked and vet decided to aspirate it (new vet). It ended up being a Grade 2.

But, I know easier said than done....don't freak out. Could be anything, but never hurts to get all lumps checked out.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 11:02:17 AM »

Bones had an interdigital cyst (cyst between the toes) that we had removed without issue.

It could also be a hystiocytoma. They can go away on their own but they do take time to go away. Chloe's is almost all gone now.

Either way I would get a vet opinion on it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 06:56:46 PM »

Oh, I am so sorry that you went through that with Rubi! Glad to hear that things went well. Hen has already had one MCT removed from her shoulder las year and it was grade 1. I'm desperately hoping this is not the case with this. Question for you, where was Rubi's located? Hen's is on her foot and I've been told that sometimes they can not be removed without amputation of the entire leg because they are unable to get the full 3cm of tissue required. This is what scares me!
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 07:01:16 PM »

I'm so glad Bones had no issues regarding the removal of his cyst. Hen's bump is not interdigital... it's on the top right side of her foot and I'm worried it could be a MCT. She has had a grade 1 MCT on her shoulder before which was removed without incident. However, I'm not sure how they would remove one on her foot because there is not enough tissue to remove the full 3cm required.  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 08:12:10 PM »

Oh, I am so sorry that you went through that with Rubi! Glad to hear that things went well. Hen has already had one MCT removed from her shoulder las year and it was grade 1. I'm desperately hoping this is not the case with this. Question for you, where was Rubi's located? Hen's is on her foot and I've been told that sometimes they can not be removed without amputation of the entire leg because they are unable to get the full 3cm of tissue required. This is what scares me!
It was on her toe. Right on the outside of her left paw. I'll see if I can find the thread. They were concerned about amputation, but felt she'd be fine if they had to go that route. It had grown down so deeply that it was right on her nerves and they were also concerned that if they didn't amputate, that there would be nerve damage. She still has her paw and doesn't have any problems with her nerves. Wink They didn't get a clear 3cm margin (if they did, they'd hit nerves, which they were more concerned about nerve issues rather than amputation. They'd rather amputate), but they got just under it and was cleared. The paw is a very touchy area to have one on, but I seriously hope it's not that at all. I'll see if I can find her post w/pics.
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 09:00:37 PM »

Good luck with whatever it is...doesn't sound like a hystio to me, so I am assuming it is more a lump, not a red lump.
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2011, 09:05:05 PM »

I couldn't find any "originating" threads about how it all started, but I did find two with pics and some info on her post-surgery, etc.

Going into surgery for removal: http://www.boxercrazy.org/forum/surgery-and-orthopedics/surgery-day/ Shows the lump before (when it was small) then after she busted it open and it bled for quite a while, then scarred over. It got much bigger than the pics show, then once the scarring started, it looked smaller, but the red lump around the scar looked much bigger than it did before.

After surgery: http://www.boxercrazy.org/forum/show-offs/the-conehead/ Ignore the conhead pics, lol, but shows her staples. All that's left there now is an ugly scar, that you really don't notice. Not as bad as the scar on her knee from her TPLO a year later.
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2011, 09:03:07 PM »

After surgery: http://www.boxercrazy.org/forum/show-offs/the-conehead/ Ignore the conhead pics, lol, but shows her staples. All that's left there now is an ugly scar, that you really don't notice. Not as bad as the scar on her knee from her TPLO a year later.
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I couldn't see the pre-surgery pics for some reason but I did see the post-surgery ones. From what I can tell, it appears Hen's lump is in a very similar location as Rubi's only Hen's is on her right foot just above her furthest right toe. Ugh, I'm worried! I will take her in and see what the vet thinks. Thank you so much for letting me know about Rubi's experience. BTW, Hen and Rubi must have quite a bit in common; toe lumps and TPLO surgery... crazy! But I'm really glad to hear that Rubi is doing well. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2011, 09:04:29 PM »

Good luck with whatever it is...doesn't sound like a hystio to me, so I am assuming it is more a lump, not a red lump.

Thank you for the good luck wishes! It may only be red because she's been licking at it, but I will go get it checked out and see what it is.
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2011, 09:59:05 PM »

I know how much easier said than done it is, but try not to be worried. It really could be anything and even if it is MCT, as you can see....removal isn't all that bad. Just take it one step at a time, have it looked at, see what the vet says, then go from there. Fingers Crossed that it's truly nothing, or if it is...that's it a piece of cake to take care of.

Rubi's definitely had it rough. Anemia and hookworms as a pup. Given the HD card (hip dysplasia) at 6mos old, showing heavy signs of symptoms since her 1 year birthday. TPLO on one knee, probably needs the other knee done, as well as hip surgery. MCT with a Grade 2 on her toe. Good thing she's a goober and keeps us laughing....otherwise, we would have to trade her in for a newer model, lol. Wink
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