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Has anyone got any experience of moles on dogs?

Last week I noticed Humphrey had a little lump on his right elbow. It felt like a callus or thick hard skin and is around the size of a pea but flatter (same sort of width). It had no hairs on it and was slightly red so I bathed it and put a bit of savlon on it just in case, thinking it must be a scab or graze of some description, although neither of us remember him banging himself.

It's not gone, but hasn't got any bigger, and when I look at it, it's black/dark brown. He's not bothered if I touch if or mess with it or clean it and I've never seen him lick or chew it, so it doesn't seem to be causing him any issues at all. I'm wondering if it's a mole?

I'm not really too concerned, but since it hasn't gone and is on his elbow, I'm wondering at what point I get the vet to have a look?

Thank you in advance!
 

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I'm not an expert but it sounds like a histiocytoma.(not sure of the spelling!) Milo had one on his ear when I first got him. In the end he had it taken off and there is no scarring and his hair has grown over.
Maybe if you could post a pic of it then people would be able to shed some light on it! :wink:
 

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If you click on Health Issues then type in histoma, you'll get 2 threads pop up. Go on the one titled "Small lump" by BigThug and my pic is on there! :wink:
Hope this helps! :wink:
 

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A photo would be good for identification purposes, but it sounds like a pressure callus. Hard skin often builds up on the elbows. I normally treat it by putting a little Vasaline on it for a few days. Put it on immediately before feeding or going for a walk, so the distraction takes it out of his mind, of you may fine he licks it off as fast as you put it on!! I've even used a little hand cream on it.

Regards, John
 

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It's hard to see exactly what it looks like because he is very dark brown anyway and without feeling the lump you'd think it was just his fur. I'll get my camera out when my hubby gets home from work and we can hold him still to take a photo. I've just tried to do one on my phone and you really can't see it at all. It's a really awkward place to get a photo without someone holding him and holding his fur out of the way!

I'll definitely take a photo later though :)
 

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Looks more like a mole to me than a callous.
I was thinking more towards a mole. But, I don't know if the hard lump is normal for a mole or something to be a bit more concerned about. It did only appear last week and seemed to come up overnight, but it isn't going anywhere or getting smaller with salt water bathing and savlon!
 

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See what others think, but until any *decisions* are made, just keep an eye on it, any change in shape or size, any bleeding, then I'd have him to the vets if he were mine.

Personally, after having the experience with Indie, having had the malignant melanoma removed from her side, which looked similar, just not a hard skin, a soft skin covering, I would probably have him to the vets in any case if he were mine.
 

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Saffy is at the vets on Thursday for her socialisation thing getting her used to the vets for when she gets spayed, so I will take little man along and get the vet to have a look and see what she thinks.

I have a mole on my back I need to get removed (the GP told me to have it removed about 3 yrs ago), but I've not got round to it yet. Might be an excuse to get myself booked in now moles are on my mind!
 

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It is hard to see with little mans dark fur. That photo with a flash is the best look I've had of it to be honest. I knew it was dark, but because it's bumpy/rough, I really thought it was a graze at first.

When Indie's came up, was there just a patch with no fur? How did you spot it?
 

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Can't find the original photo of the mole, it's probably on here somewhere, but just can't see it on my Photobucket account at the moment. I'll try and dig them out for tomorrow night when you're popping to pick up bones, but in the meantime, the recovery photos!

After the Op, she had two lumps removed, both turned out, worryingly, to be cancerous



This is her supposed to be recuperating gently!!



But then she also had this lot to contend with at the same time :)





 

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Awww, those wounds look very clean, but sore :( Poor girl.

And (I have to type this in caps) STOP SHOWING ME PUPPY PICS! ;) Makes me want another! Love that last photo especially! <3 All of them are beautiful!
 

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Can't tell you whose bottom it is on the bottom pic, but the black boy looking towards camera on the pic above, is Henderson, and the bottom photo, is Zasa, believe it or not, with Winnie, yellow bitch pup next to her, with Tau (obviously).

Indie and Rhuna were allowed *some* contact with the litter at this point, although Tau was still a bit protective, particularly as far as Rhuna was concerned.
 
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