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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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The left side of my dogs lip is swollen and hard but its not

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the left side of my dogs lip is swollen and hard but its not hurting him he eats well and drinks water regular last night i looked at it and it was like a pimple and it was leaking out blood like if you pop a pimple today its still hard but not bothering him
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. How old is Lip?
Customer: 1 1/2 years old
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

It sounds like you may be seeing a histiocytoma. This is a common mass that we see in young dogs < 3 years of age. They can pop up anywhere, but they tend to be more common on the head/ neck area. They will usually go away on their own over 1-2 months without any treatment.

To know for sure, you'd need to do a needle aspirate or remove/ biopsy the lump. Most of the time in young dogs we just ignore it unless it's getting larger or causing issues.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.