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Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

This is freaking me out only because it has happened so fast!
Last night, I noticed what seemed a scab on Keeta's nose.
This morning, it had spread in breath and width. Also noticed this morning a small red swelling on her muzzle, about the size of a shirt button, still covered in face fuzz.

This evening this is what it looked like:


Shows the size and shape better. It isn't bothering her, feels smooth and soft to the touch.


Hard to show the scab on her nose, as it is dark like the surrounding area, but it is spreading. Like I said, last night, it looked like a scrach, now it looks like an abrasion. It is slightly elevated, and rough and hard to the touch, like dry, scaling skin:


I have already made a vet appointment for Thursday morning, but these things have appeared overnight and are growing like crazy, and wonder if I should insisit on getting a vet to see her tomorrow. Keeta is guestimated at around four years old, and is on BARF.

Anyone have any idea what this is? I tried to google dog facial growths/warts, but didn't come up with anything that looked like what Keeta has.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

I think it is either a bit or an allergic reaction to something. There was another post about bump on a dogs nose. Let me see if I can find it.

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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

Check out this post:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubb...true#Post794027


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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

I wonder if it's an abscess? Is it hot to the touch?

Here's something you can do that won't hurt but should reveal whether or not it's an abscess. Make a hot compress with a washcloth and some hot water and hold it on there. If it starts oozing out puss and blood then it's an abscess.

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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

could it be a staph infection?
I understand GS do have problems with that
Good luck at the Vet and so sorry you are having this problem
I will remember you and Keeta in my prayers

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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

I'm nearly positive it's a histiocytoma. They're small benign tumors that spring up nearly overnight and usually go away on their own. Usually they're on the dog's head or muzzle, and typically show up on young dogs but can be on older ones as well.

By all means have it looked at to rule out more sinister possibilities like mast cell tumors, but it looks like an absolutely classic histocytoma, in which case - no biggie.


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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

the one on her muzzle is more typical looking but this site has a pic of one that looks more like the one on her nose:

http://www.answers.com/topic/histiocytoma-dog


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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

Here I thought I was winning the Internet diagnosis prize! I just read the other thread. Looks like that one was a histiocytoma too. Oh well. I'm not the innovator I thought I was.

If that's what this turns out to be too (and I'm nearly sure it is), my vet said sometimes fiddling with them can actually help them go away faster. stimulates the immune response or something.


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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

Thanks everyone! I knew I could count on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the board!

Funny that other thread you linked, Val, the pics are almost the same as the ones I posted!

Don't think it is an abcess, there is no heat, and it isn't painful. It does seem to be a hystocytoma. Not sure if that is how it would present itself on the nose leather?

I will get it checked out, but it is nice to have an idea of what it can be. Another question, is this caused by a virus? Can it be transmitted to other dogs?

One reason I would like to know is because of the bite-work Keeta does. The same sleeve will be used for different dogs - so is this something that could be transmited through saliva?

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Re: Overnight wart growth on muzzle & nose? (pics)

Nope, definitely not contagious.

Here's some good technical info for you: http://www.vet.uga.edu/VPP/clerk/woods/index.php

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