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My dog has a red mass protruding from his upper gum. It is

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My dog has a red mass protruding from his upper gum. It is rather large and extends over one of his canines. It also smells bad, almost metallic. I have a vet appointment scheduled for later today but wanted to try to get information ahead of time.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 6 years ago.


Does it look like this?

If so, it is an oral ppilloma. They are viral lesions similar to human warts.

We usually do not remove them unless they are bothering the dog. That is because they often just grow back.

It may also be an abscess, hence the smell.

If so, he will be scripted an antibiotic.


Please let me know how he is doing.


Best wishes for him,



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No, it isn't anything different than the gum tissue, it's just that the gum tissue has become so inflamed it now has extended in to an inch long mass that covers one tooth and smells.
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 6 years ago.

In that case it sounds like an abscess caused by a bad tooth or root in the gum.

The bad smell indicates there is an infection present.

Your vet will give him an antibiotic and take an x ray.

He will probably need the tooth extracted.

Best wishes for him,



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