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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 2 year old chihuahua. She has a red, hard raised

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I have a 2 year old chihuahua. She has a red, hard raised "pimple" above her left eye...Any ideas
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 11 months ago.


Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

Are you able to post a picture of this pimple? That is the way we can help you best, ***** ***** would be a total guess. Dr. Dan

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i can not post a picture...Can we facetime?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'll follow up for Dr. Dan for you. Please take a look at these images of histiocytomas and tell me if that "pimple" resembles any of the images:

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
this is it. hard to the pain no drainage...what is it???
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
what do i do???
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
please respond
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You don't need to do anything because histiocytomas reach a certain size and then crumble away unaided within 8-12 weeks. You might hasten that occurring by rubbing an over the counter hydrocortisone cream into the tumor thrice daily. A histiocytoma is a benign tumor composed of mononuclear cells dervied from epidermal Langerhans' cells. (Terrific cocktaik party talk...) They most often arise in dogs younger than 5 years and often on the head, ear pinnae (flaps) and legs. Surgical excision or cryotherapy is curative for lesions that don't regress spontaneously (uncommon).

Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
will this reoccur??
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

The great majority of these are solitary and always stay gone once gone. If a dog is going to have a tumor, have a histiocytoma!

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you!!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.