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Old August 16th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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Exclamation abscess/blister/cyst question

in the last couple of days my dog has developed a blister-like bump on the back of her front leg...just above her heel pad.
it is soft and squishy to the touch - leading me to believe that it is filled with fluid of some sort (blood or puss).
it is blackish in colour - although, that is the colour of her skin on her legs.
it is about the size and texture of an over ripe grape.

my first thought was woodtick...but there is hair on it in places, so that is out.

i bathed her monday and it was not there, and noticed it on friday - at which time i made a vet apt, but that is for this thursday. i am curious if anyone has any ideas as to what it may be.

i recently got a kitten who is after the dog's legs constantly - perhaps he poked her and it is now infected? she also tripped going up the deck the other day - perhaps she banged it?

it is not causing her any pain - can touch it and squeeze her legs and surrounding areas and she does not flinch. she is still very active, eating, and going potty the same.

any thoughts??

i will attach a pic - the lump in question is the upper black spot, the other is her heel pad.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 03:49 PM
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Well that grew very rapidly if it's that size in less than a week's time. I'm sure your vet can tell you what it is and will perhaps take fluid from it for testing. Dogs can get squishy callous type things that can get quite large, but they grow much slower than that. My collie mutt had a small fatty tumor develop on his side - at first we thought he had gotten a metal sliver imbedded in his skin (he ran into a bolt on a stabilizer jack on our camper) but the vet said that the fatty tumors can sometimes develop after an injury.

I hope your vet tells you that it's just a fatty tumor and no worries!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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thanks for the input kandy!
i am terrified it might be a tumour of sorts. but i would also think that it wouldnt develop that fast, nor would it be so squishy, and i would also think that it would cause her some discomfort.
to me, it feels and looks like a blister. i will NOT pop it...but it is that kind of consitency that if i had something like this on my foot, i would pop it and expect fluid to come out.

i do have a vet apt in a few days...i am just trying to gather a few thoughts prior to going there.

again, thanks for your time and input! )
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When our collie mutt developed his tumor, we thought it was a blister. We tried to pop it, thinking that he had a metal sliver in there that was abcessing. It developed to its full size in a very short time frame.

Is this growth fully attached to the leg, or only attached by a thin strip of skin?
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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it doesnt seem to be attached to bone or ligament or anything...aside from the skin itself - just like a blister would be.

your collie's tumour was a merely fatty tumour - not the c-word??
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Old August 17th, 2009, 06:28 PM
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Yes, the tumor that Malone developed was just a benign fatty growth. If it wouldn't have been located right where his harness rubs, we wouldn't have even had it removed.

If the growth is only attached to the skin then I'll keep my fingers crossed that it is a similar growth to what Malone had.

I hope that your pup's growth is easily treated and no big deal!!
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