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Hard pink/red lump on dogs nose

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My dog has a hard lump on the top of her nose. It started out as just a lump the same color as her nose. Since then it has grown bigger and is now a pinkish red color. Any idea what this could be?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
How old is your dog?
Is her nose area fur white or darker colored?
Does she eat out of a plastic bowl?
What kind of a dog is she?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: My dog is a 2 year old dalmatian. She eats out of a metal bowl (stainless steel) and her nose color is black... but the lump is pink/red. It has been there for about 2 weeks.
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
There are a couple of possibilities now you ruled out a plastic dish dermatitis!
Dalmations have a white background and the white furred dogs can be a bit more likely to have a skin problem from over exposure to the sun. Solar dermatitis is seen in dalmatians. It is also called Actinic keratosis.
It can be a precursor to a nasal tumor or carcinoma. You can read about these here
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00392.htm
One more possibility is a histiocytoma which looks rather like a wart in bright red or strawberry color. You can see them here
www.marvistavet.com/html/body_histiocytoma.html
Even if it looks like a histiocytoma an unusual lump like this should be checked out by your vet. It could be just a keratitis which can be peeled back, or a wart that will go away on its own, or it might be something that needs removal.
If it has to come off taking it while its small is your best bet.
Hope this helps you!
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