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I see your dog has developed a growth under a tooth.
How long has this been present?
Is it bleeding at all?
What color is it and is it attached to the gums or the tooth?
If you are able to post a good quality (focused and not blurry) photo, that would help me greatly.
That is indeed a gingival mass affecting the lower canine.
What breed of dog is Finley?
Golden retrievers are highly prone to one specific type of oral mass: an oral fibrosarcoma. This may or may not be what is actually present. It could be gingival hyperplasia, or an apples (benign tumor). I recommend having the mass removed by your vet. Typically this is going to be under full general anesthesia and a full oral exam and dental radiographs are recommended. Your vet will also want to check bloodwork before surgery to ensure there are no major problems present. Without surgically removing it and sending it out to a pathologist, we don't know what exactly is there right now. This is likely not an emergency, so it should be fine to wait to see your vet on Tuesday.
I apologize, the auto spell check changed epulis (benign tumor) to apples
It is likely not painful, however if left for a very long time (months or longer) it could be come painful down the road
At this point it is likely not affecting eating, unless you are noticing a loss of appetite. If left to grow larger over a long period of time it will affect eating by enlarging and causing discomfort.
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I don't expect him to have any changes any time soon and it's unlikely this will cause a problem in the short term. Most of the time these are benign growths and surgical removal prevents them from causing any major problem.
I wish you and your dog the best. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
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