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My Beagle has a strange red thing on her mouth

February 9th, 2011, 06:41 PM
My beagle is 3 years old and she has a red thing on the bottom of her mouth and it seems to slowly be getting longer. I was thinking maybe I could just cut it off.

February 9th, 2011, 06:46 PM
NO, you cannot just cut it off. It needs to be seen by a vet for an evaluation .....good luck and please post with an update.

February 10th, 2011, 07:53 AM
That looks like paploma virus and it spreads like crazy particuliarly when irritated by cutting or removing. You need to have your beagle seen by the vet.

February 10th, 2011, 09:12 AM
DO NOT cut it off!! You need to take your pup to the vet. It could be a number of things. Papiloma, as BMDLuver suggested, or it could be a tumor of some kind. Papiloma is typically inside the lip/mouth and looks more like a cauliflower. If you cut it off, you could endanger her.

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Sore that won't heal.
Unusual color or change in color.
Sudden appearance.
Fast growing.
Hard, asymmetrical, or non-uniform in texture.
Raised or bleeding.
Attached to, or seems to invade, any underlying tissue.
Changes size over a day or two.
Attracts your dog's attention.
Causes soreness in paw or joint.
Protrudes from abdomen.
Appears anywhere on the face, paws, or genitals.
Appears in concert with decreased appetite or lethargy.
Appears in concert with increased appetite.
Appears in concert with vomiting, especially if the vomit has an appearance similar to that of coffee grounds or contains tiny black specks.
Appears in concert with even slight change in muscle tone.
Appears in concert with a runny nose or watery eyes.
Appears in concert with excessive saliva production, which may indicate nausea.
Appears in concert with coughing or excessive throat clearing.
Appears in concert with any swelling of the abdomen, even if seemingly unrelated.
Appears in concert with blood in stool even if seemingly unrelated. For example: a mass in the skin above the ribcage might not seem to have anything to do with blood in stool or vomiting. Yet a direct relationship is very common with some forms of cancer.