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Old 12-08-2019, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is on Kitzi's head right behind his R ear---I have been watching it since this summer & it is getting slowly bigger. It is very hard & looks like a little horn, but he is too sweet to sprout horns. He has been guarding that side of his head for a while and doesn't want me to bother it. Any ideas?
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It looks like a sebaceous adenoma. Zooey is covered in them. They are almost always benign, but sometimes need to be removed if they keep rupturing because they can get infected and can be very irritating to the dog. Zooey has had two removed and will probably need the one on her throat removed in the near future. The one pictured is on her head and while it hasn't ruptured, she doesn't like me to touch it.

Why do they get them? I still don't know. One theory is over-vaccination. Since I adopted Zooey from the shelter, they pumped her with vaxx all at the same time when she came in (5-way, bordetella, and rabies ), and she had gosh knows how many before that.
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Thank you Elizabeth! I so appreciate this input---and all of the other input you make for general consumption. We think alike!
My only concern is that this is darker than it should be. I will send this photo to my vet too. We are over-due for Wellness Checkup & since Lisi got a tick out east Nov. 6th it can't hurt. I just want to do research before I see the vet.
Thanks again!!!!
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You're welcome, Sandi Always best to get professional input! Please keep us posted.
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I just zoomed in on the photo and it really looks like a tick shape--any chance that's what it is?
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No, absolutely not a tick!
It is darker though than most of the cysts I see & it is not swollen or soft---very hard. I had a rescue dog once w/fibrosarcoma of the gums which the vet thought harmless but when biopsyed it was aggressive cancer---so I am keeping a close eye on this one. I have never had a dog w/skin tags so just need input.
Mast cell & squamous are my two fears.
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My fear in TX is that it could be a melanoma.
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My two biggest fears are mast cell or squamous.
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It looks like a sebaceous adenoma. Zooey is covered in them. They are almost always benign, but sometimes need to be removed if they keep rupturing because they can get infected and can be very irritating to the dog. Zooey has had two removed and will probably need the one on her throat removed in the near future. The one pictured is on her head and while it hasn't ruptured, she doesn't like me to touch it.

Why do they get them? I still don't know. One theory is over-vaccination. Since I adopted Zooey from the shelter, they pumped her with vaxx all at the same time when she came in (5-way, bordetella, and rabies ), and she had gosh knows how many before that.
From what I have researched these are normally lighter colored than what K has?
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Okay, not a tick. Yes, all of Zooey's adenomas are lighter than Kitzi's growth. Boy, do I understand your fears. Hoping and praying that it's just a tag or other harmless growth.
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