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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
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We have a 9 year old male boxer who has two raised bumps on

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Hello. We have a 9 year old male boxer who has two raised white bumps on the tip of his tongue. They're each a little larger than a pin head. They don't seem to bother him really, although i have noticed he's been eating a little less than normal (we also have a newborn baby in the house, which may be stressing him a bit). They also don't appear to be growing. We took him to the vet to have it checked out, but he didnt know what it was and advised that we monitor them for a bit. He said they didnt look worrisome but i'd like to get a second opinion. Any thoughts in what this might be? Wondering if we should just have them removed. Thank you!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about your Boxer. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Usually I check out growths by doing FNA, fine needle aspiration, to try to tell what they are, but you can't do that on a tongue, at least not on an awake dog! If you think these bother him and are the reason for his eating less, or if you think they are growing or changing, then I would consider removing them. How long have they been there? I would give them a few days, to see if they start to go away on their own first.

If he is eating less, I would consider doing some basic blood tests. I would do that before sedation to remove these growths, and if he is not feeling well or is eating less, his liver and kidney and blood counts should be checked.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks. They have been around for about a month now with no change. We noticed them right after his annual check up, which showed all his blood work was fine, so I'm not sure if there are other tests that should be done as well? We'll continue to monitor to see if they progress or if his appetite continues to decrease.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

A month with no change is good. If these were tumors, they would probably be getting larger.

If they were anywhere else on his body, a needle biopsy would tell you what they are. That could still be done, but he would have to be sedated.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

Let me know if I can help with or answer anything else.