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Old 12-25-2009, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We just discovered a marble-sized lump in Kenya's (4.5 years old) mouth, right at the lower gum-line, back by her molars. It's hard, too, but doesn't seem to be bothering her. We' going to have it checked after the holidays.

Anyone else ever deal with or heard of this?
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be an epulis which is a fairly benign tumor that you just get removed.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hope nothing serious!!
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a growth about 3/4", removed from the base of Karlo's tonge last month, about the same position. It looked more like a cyst and I had it sent in to be analyzed. It had grown over a couple of months so I opted to have it removed. There was no "root" to it, so that was good.
The biopsy results~
"a calcinosis circumscripta lesion that is most common in large dogs. THe lesion is usually seen in pressure points of these large dogs, however, it may be seen in the tongue(as with this patient) or associated with scar tissue in some cases. In other rare cases, the lesion can begin with damage to the apocrine glands within the skin." The vet thought it was caused by a wound, stick or bone and it just calcified and grew.
Karlo wasn't bothered by it, but I was!
Easy removal/recovery. He was on anitbiotics for 10 days afterwards. Cost was a bit over $300 for everything...
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get the dog to the vet asap. don't wait. it could be a bony epulis and they are very aggressive -usually benign but if they are advanced they can involve the entire jaw and require removal of a major part of the dog's jaw..the sooner u catch it, the less chance it has to grow.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here's the story of a sheltie with a cancerous mouth tumor:
http://www.cinnamondog.com/

(btw, the book is a great read for any dog lover)
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