My dog has a dime size round raised red bump on his shoulder. He is a 3 yr old black lab. He scratched it and now it has dried blood on it. Could this be a tick?? If not what could it be and how do I treat it?
Type of Animal: Dog
Name of Animal: Murphy
I cleaned the bump with soap and water.
Hi, I'm Dr. Friend. I'll help you with Murphy today. First, is there any way that you could post a picture of his bump for me?
Yes I took a picture, how do I send it to you?
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I will have to send it to customer service.
I sent photo to www.justanswer.com
Pic was sent again to just answer/veterinary
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Sorry, I don't know why I haven't seen the photo yet. Does it look anything like this one?
Yes just like that but appears smooth. The photo you sent looked slightly bumpy.
OK, this sounds highly suspicious for something called a histiocytoma. These are benign growths that appear randomly on young dogs, and generally resolve without any treatment within 3 months time.
When I see a patient with a histiocytoma, I recommend monitoring it for the next several months. If it grows, bothers him, or if it does not go away in that time period, I will remove it surgically for a biopsy.
Here is a handout to read more about histiocytomas.
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Thank you very much for your help. I am relieved this is not a tick, and will monitor it for a few weeks.
Excellent, keep me posted!
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