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What is Foot or Toe Cancer?

One-third of all dogs get cancer, and it is fatal for half of those. As a matter of fact, cancer is the leading cause of 50% of the deaths in older dogs (10 years and over). The most important thing about cancer is finding and treating it early. There are several different types of foot and toe cancer in dogs and each have unique symptoms, causes, diagnoses, and prognoses. For that reason, it is essential to be vigilant with your dog’s health and grooming so you can pick up on some of the subtle changes that can give you early warning of cancer, such as swelling, sores that will not heal, and deformed or missing toenails.

Foot or toe cancer (digital and soft tissue cancer), which can include squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, osteosarcoma, mast cell tumor, and malignant soft tissue sarcoma is common in dogs. Each of these types of cancer has their own set of symptoms and treatment, but the main symptom in all of these is a swelling or ulcer on the foot or toe. If the cancer is found before it metastasizes (spreads), it can usually be completely contained by amputating the affected toe or foot.

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Symptoms of Foot or Toe Cancer in Dogs

Each type of foot or toe cancer has its own set of symptoms, which are:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Swollen toe or foot
  • Sore or ulceration on toe that will not heal
  • Crusted lump on toe/foot
  • Deformed toenail
  • Pain in foot
  • Limping
  • Unable to walk

Melanoma

  • Loose or missing toenail
  • Swelling of foot or toe
  • Sore that will not heal on toe/foot
  • Foot pain
  • Limping
  • Inability to walk
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Osteosarcoma

  • No symptoms in many cases
  • Swelling
  • Limping
  • Pain in affected limb

Mast Cell Tumor

  • Swollen toes/foot
  • Pain in toes/foot
  • Sores or ulcer on toes/foot
  • Limping
  • Deformed toe or toenail
  • Nail loss

Malignant Soft Tissue Sarcoma

  • Swelling of the toe/foot
  • Pain in the affected area
  • Large lump in foot/toe
  • Limping
  • Inability to walk
  • Misshapen toe or toenail

 Types

Squamous cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that is usually easy to see and has an excellent chance of survival if found and treated early enough. Malignant melanoma is a fast-moving cancer made up of darkly pigmented skin cells most often in dogs with dark skin and fur, such as the Terrier and Doberman Pinscher. Osteosarcoma is a common bone tumor found most often in giant dog breeds, such as Great Danes older than seven years. Mast cell tumor is a change in malignancy of the cells that affect allergic reactions that affect Bulldogs and Boxers most often. Malignant soft tissue sarcoma is a connective tissue disorder usually right under the skin that is easily detected by owners when grooming or petting.

Causes of Foot or Toe Cancer in Dogs

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • Exposure to sunlight and UV light
  • Dark coated dogs (Black Labrador, Poodle)
  • Large dogs (i.e. Rottweiler, Black Labrador, Giant Schnauzer, and Standard Poodle)

Malignant melanoma

  • Unlike people, it does not seem to be caused by the sun
  • Dark skinned dogs with dark fur (i.e. Terrier, Doberman Pinscher)

Osteosarcoma

  • Giant breeds (i.e. Great Dane, German Shepherd)
  • Older dogs (over seven years old)

Mast cell tumor

  • Boxer
  • Bulldog

Malignant soft tissue sarcoma

  • Unknown
  • Large breeds (i.e. Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Labrador)

Diagnosis of Foot or Toe Cancer in Dogs

The veterinarian will do a complete and thorough physical examination including body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. You should be prepared to give the veterinarian your dog’s complete medical history, when the symptoms started, and whether the symptoms have gotten worse. Any changes in diet, exercise, and personality should be noted as well. The veterinarian will also need to run some tests on your dog, such as:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood gas
  • Blood chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Stool sample
  • Fine needle aspiration of swelling or lump
  • Biopsy
  • Digital radiographs (x-rays) of affected area and possible areas of spread

If the veterinarian suspects the cancer may have spread he will need to do some more tests, such as an MRI, CT scan or ultrasound.

 

Treatment of Foot or Toe Cancer in Dogs

Squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma are both treated by immediate removal of the affected area. If the cancer has metastasized (spread) amputation of the toe, foot, or limb is necessary and depends on how much the cancer has spread. Osteosarcoma usually requires surgery to remove the affected toe, and possibly the foot as well. Mast cell tumors are graded low, intermediate, or high after removal, and may require more tissue or the entire limb being amputated. Chemotherapy is usually recommended if the grade of the tumor is intermediate or high. Malignant soft tissue sarcoma is graded between low, intermediate, and high. Low and intermediate are treated with surgery to remove the tumor as well as the tissue surrounding the area. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be needed for both intermediate and high-grade.

Recovery of Foot or Toe Cancer in Dogs

The recovery chances for your dog depends on the type of cancer, grade of the tumor, and if it has spread. In many cases, if you have found the cancer early and were able to get treatment right away, chances of recovery is good. Unfortunately, some of these cancers are fast moving and recurring so the survival rate may only be about 10 to 12 months. Be sure to follow up with your veterinarian when you are supposed to and always let him know if there are any changes in your dog’s condition.

Foot or Toe Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bebe
Dachshund
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Limping
Redness
Bleeding
tumor

My 13 year old Dauchshund, Bebe, was diagnosed with cancer on her paw by our local vet. Originally, we thought that her nail had fallen and kept taking her to get antibiotics. We were told that cancer had most likely spread. At this point we opted not to have the tumor removed because of her age and cost. It's been a few months now and the tumor has grown and it bleeds when our dog licks/chews on it. The paw is raw, deformed and she limps on it. We've tried to wrap it with a bandage but I think it's too sensitive and she will not allow us to do it. My question is: Should we put her to sleep, or is there a way to keep her at home and comfortable while she's alive. We don't want her to suffer and I'm assuming that she is. She has lost weight but is still eating and drinking water.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this is happening to Bebe. Without seeing her, I cant assess her quality of life, and whether she is suffering. It would be best to make an appointment with your veterinarian, as they can examine her, discuss with you whether she may be suffering or not, and you can come to a decision together on whether there is something that can be done for her. Your veterinarian has her best interest at heart, and will be able to give you an honest opinion on her quality of life. I hope that everything goes well for her.

Bebe I'm in a similiar situation; we have him on heavy duty pain meds as well as an antibiotic. You may be able to get a Vet to come to your home if you can't take the dog there. We are trying to monitor quality of life on a daily basis. Good luck

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nounou
German Shepherd
10 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

swollwen leg

hi DOC my dog is a german shepherd n her foot is swollen, hard and heavy. the vet has said that she has cancer and the vet only gave pain killers as he said the cancer is an advance stage ...... what should i do pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Depending on the type of cancer, it may be a case of toe removal or partial amputation of the limb. The type of cancer is important as it would determine the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my 12 year old Rottweiler female has deformed tonail with a big lump under it my vet won't amputate because there is another lump on another digit they haven't done any test BUT have told me they think it's cancer 😢

We just put our 12yr old Rottie to sleep, she too had toe cancer. She had been thru two surgeries previously for infected uterus and a tumor on her spleen, so vet said she prolly had more going on and surgery would only make her suffer more. Prayers to your family

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Angel
Pit bull
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sore on paw

I have a 7 yr old pit named Angel and i noticed on her back paw on the top is a sore that she has been licking. her paw was swollen on the top, the swelling in now gone and she is not limping. but the sore has not healed yet. It has been about a week. I am putting all natural oil on it for skin but she keeps licking it. she has always had hot spots since i adopted her but never on top of her paw. Does this mean she has cancer or could it just be another hot spot or a bite that was itching her. How long should i give it before taking her to a vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the sore has been present and not resolving for a week, it seems that it is time to have it examined by a veterinarian. Without seeing Angel, or the lesion, I can't comment on what it may be, but as dogs age, they can develop different lesions that need treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Tiko
Affenpinscher
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Swollen middle toe, will not put weight on foot, had x-Ray done ad suspect a fracture but also see a possible tumour or cancer. He has been on antibiotics and pain killers but is not getting better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tiko’s toe is fractured, he will need to have rest and stabilisation of the toe to facilitate the healing process; if there is a tumour in the toe, surgical removal is treatment of choice but given Tiko’s age, blood tests should be done to check liver and kidney function. Tumours may spread causing tumour formation in other areas of the body; if cancer is suspected, a biopsy maybe taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexy
Goldendoodle
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
swollen toe w nail infection

Medication Used

Novox
Cephalexin
tramadol sometimes

Lexy had 3 toes amputated over a period of 4 months due to squamous cell carcinoma. She is a black goldendoodle who will be 15 in September. The first amputation was a year ago, and the vet said that each time he removed all the cancer plus large margins around it. Each toe was on a different foot. Now she has another toe showing symptoms. She is limping badly. It's on a front paw that already has lost a middle toe. We just put her on antibiotics and she's taking Novox for discomfort. After we finish the course of cephalexin, we'll consider what to do next. The question is, because of her age, what is the value of amputation? She still seems healthy. Her lungs and breathing are good. Her heart is good. But with two toes missing on that foot, will that make life difficult for her? If we don't do surgery, what is the likelihood that the cancer will spread so slowly that the only thing she will be dealing with is a limp? At 15, she probably has about a year left. Do we amputate, and keep that cancer at bay, but make it difficult for her to use that foot, or do we leave it alone, treat the symptoms, and help her have happy and comfortable final months/years?

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/foot-or-toe-cancer

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that I can answer this question for you very well, as it really is a personal decision for you. I'm not sure how quickly the previous tumors have come and gotten worse, so it is hard for me to say whether you will have a little time, or more time with her if you don't amputate. Whether she'll have problems with mobility depends on the toes affected. Since I cannot see her, it would be a good idea to have an honest conversation with your veterinarian, let them know your concerns, and see what the risks and benefits of both doing the surgery and leaving the cancer might be. I hope that you have more time with her.

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Ginger
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None

I have a 9 year old Chi that I love dearly. She was diagnosed with cancer on her toe. The mass was removed and it was graded a one- low? I don't know I was so upset I really can't remember. The mass was tested and said the removal was not clean, and the test left bad cells. So now they want to amputate the toe... good thing they said it was slow growing. If the toe is amputated there would still be a chance of it returning. So what happens if I don't have her toe amputated? Just stressed out and I don't want to add any mor pain to my dog... please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since there are some remaining cancer cells on Ginger’s toe, it would be best to amputate the toe to resolve the cancer (not 100% guaranteed). If the tow isn’t amputated, then the cancer would continue to spread and at a further date another surgery may be required with a more serious amputation for example. It would be best to operate and have it fully removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
St. Bernard X Boxer
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on foot

My 8 year old ST. Bernard X Boxer mix has a pinball size lump just behind the large pad on his left front paw. I noticed it a month or two ago and as far as I can tell, it hasn't grown. And it does not seem to bother him, he doesn't limp or have any problems getting around on it. And it doesn't seem to bother him when inspected. But I took him to the vet to have it looked at. The vet suggested having it removed. He said that it has properties that are promising, I am guessing that it hasn't grown and doesn't seem to cause pain. But, I think in part because it's touching that big pad, and I guess to make sure it's not anything malignant he suggested having it removed. He said if it get's any bigger and affects the pad more, that it would create a need for a specialist to remove, but as it is now, he said he can do it. He said it will be a more difficult recovery because it is touching the pad, but still manageable if it doesn't get any bigger. He did not small needle aspirate it, should I ask him to do that before removing, or should I go through with the scheduled removal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the lump is small, an aspirate by not yield much useful information; I would suggest having the mass removed because if it gets larger it will be difficult to remove and it may require the amputation of a toe, if a biopsy is done you may as well just have it removed and sent for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny Lane
Golden Retreiver mix
7
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bump in between pads
Warmth
Limping
Fast growing

Our golden retriever mix started limping suddenly the day before yesterday. We inspected her paw and leg and found nothing, but it seemed to bother her if we touched between her pads on her foot. Today she is still limping and her foot and ankle are warm. There is also a red or pink bump visible that was not there yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes and this may be a reaction to a small foreign body, local irritation, infection, excessive licking or cancerous. I would bathe the area regularly and don’t let Penny Lane lick at it; ideally you should get your Veterinarian to take a look as it may require some treatment but without seeing it I cannot say what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hope
Cockapoo
10?
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bug lump on foot between toes

I shaved my dog today and I didn't notice it till I got to her back right paw, between her toes that she has a mass like bubble that looks like its "shedding/crumbling" and she growled at me when I tried to inspect it. Plus she also has another bump that's under her skin that's on the same leg but more up from the paw. She has been gaining weight and eats very fast and slides/falls down the stairs and sort of drags her foot during walks. I am just worried because my other dog was just diagnosed with a form or skin cancer of the mouth. My question is if what I have explained about her symptoms if she may have cancer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, if Hope is eating too fast, it may be best to feed her in a bowl which obstructs the food slightly to slow her down and decrease her caloric intake over a period of a few weeks. Many different conditions may cause a mass to grow between the toes including a lick granuloma, granulation due to a foreign body or cancer. It would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look and possibly take a sample if necessary too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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(sorry typing fast)

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Cali
Manchester Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bump
Limping
Sensitivity to touch

My 7 y/o dog (Manchester Terrier mix) has a small white bump under one of her toes. It causes an occasional limp (mostly on harder surfaces), and its sensitive to touch. I started soaking it in epsom salt 2-3x a day and putting neosporin on at night. Should I wait to see how it looks in a week or two? Or go straight to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best to have all lumps and bumps checked by your Veterinarian sooner rather than later but I wouldn’t wait too long; waiting a few days or a week to see if there is any improvement wouldn’t hurt if it isn’t causing too much pain or discomfort. Cysts and other masses may be uncomfortable and may get damaged when a dog is walking if they grow too large. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
pitbull
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hairless lump

Medication Used

none

My black and white Pitbull who is a little over a year has a small hairless lump between her toes. She doesn't seem to be in any pain but does not like me spreading her toes to look at it. She is still running eating and playing. I checked for puncture point to make sure it wasn't an infected splinter but could not find one. Any ideas on what it could be? It'll be another two weeks until I can get her to a vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes apart from cancer which include interdigital furunculosis which is an interdigital abscess caused by a foreign object (the skin doesn’t always show puncture marks), cysts, lick granuloma among other causes. Without looking at the mass and performing a fine needle aspirate (if appropriate) I cannot tell you the exact cause. When you are able to visit your Veterinarian, do so; until then try to bathe the paw regularly and prevent from licking it if she does. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nuala
Irish Terrier
8 years 6 months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

I first notice my Irish terriers front foot was warmer than the other three when I was showering her, on close inspection she had a slightly raised brown ‘mole’ on her outer toe. Because of the warmth She was seen the following day and prescribed clean to be seen the following week, the cream seemed to make the mole subside but it then picked up again and became ulcerated. It was removed and histology confirmed melanoma with clear edges.
My problem is that 5 months on I can feel that foot is warmer than the other three.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing that the paw is is getting warm again, you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the side of caution and to consider whether digit amputation should be an option. Without examining the paw I cannot say whether or or you should be worried, but with Nuala’s history you shouldn’t wait much longer before taking her in. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you I will make an appointment to see the same vet ASAP

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Pickles
Terrier mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, sore, limping

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox

Our dog ,Pickles has a swollen toe pad with a sore between the toes. I noticed it about 3 weeks ago. He is limping and not interested in his normal activities. Although he is eating and drinking normally. We took him to the vet who treated it as and infection and antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. After 7 days the swelling has not changed and the sore is not healing. The vet did a needle aspirate yesterday but will not give her opinion on possible causes. Could this be cancer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of swollen foot pads including cancer, foreign bodies, lick granuloma among other causes. A biopsy sent for histopathology would give you a definitive diagnosis but it may be a case of removing the affected toes to reduce pain and risk of cancer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alfie
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Bubble like
Redness
Iritating

My 2yr old lab has a medium size lump on his toe is circle and red not painfull no limping just irritating soft to touch but he keeps nibbling it bit hun in it look like it is filled with some fluid and it sits on his toe between his web paws

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Alfie I cannot determine whether the lump is something to be concerned about or just due to some localised irritation; you should place a cone on Alfie to prevent further nibbling and bathe the area twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and apply a little Neosporin, if there is no improvement or it gets worse visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sig
English Bulldog
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Growth
Licking

My dog Sig is a 2 1/2 year old english bulldog (born in Sept 2016) and had a growth removed a year ago (Sept 2017). The growth was on his face between his nose and mouth. In February he had a rapidly growing mass on his front right foot, in between the 2nd and 3rd toe. After an examination by our vet, he had the mass removed and lost the 2nd toe in the process. The vet noticed another growth between the 3rd and 4th toe but poor Sig was not doing well in surgery and the vet needed to get him off the meds and breathing better. The mass was sent for biopsy and although a bit inconclusive, originally they said it was a cutaneous ulcerated round cell tumor. Margins were amazingly good considering the placement of the mass and Sig has healed well and is walking with no limping or weakness. After further examination by several vets looking at the biopsy, they said it is not malignant. However, doggy now has another growth on the same foot (between 3rd and 4th toe) that he is licking, it is starting to bleed and seems to be growing. I've been told he cannot lose another toe, foot or limb due to his body type, he's an english bulldog. I think our best option is to keep him comfortable and happy until he just can't be anymore. Any other suggestions given his history?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the best course of action would be here, wide margins are usually curative in these cases but recurrence may occur. If Sig cannot afford to lose another digit or two, other options like prosthetics may be an option but we cannot be sure that the surgery would be curative. This needs to be evaluated on the individual circumstances of the case together with your Veterinarian(s), I cannot really comment on a way forward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I recently treated my dog who had a tumor on the bottom of his foot with an eggplant and apple cider concoction. I also changed over his dog food to about 80% mixture of organic vegetables turmeric and other spices. The eggplant mixture that I used dissolved his tumor in about 30 days. he is 10 years old and his holistic veterinarian recommended it. you can find the recipe online but you have to be diligent on using it everyday 3 to 5 times a day. basically whenever you walk by your pet just apply it. I hope you see this post and I wish you luck! she initially recommended surgery but you don't always have to do that. choose surgery very last if possible. -Andrea and my big old pup Tyson

I am so so so sorry to hear your dog's story. Stay strong and try to be with him as long as you can. Don't give up on him.You mean so much to him. God bless your dog and your family.

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Capone
Pit bull
4-5 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My dog had had a lump that feels fatty on his toe for about 2 years, we have had our vet look at it at least once every 6 months and he has not been concerned about it, he said if it keeps getting bigger we will remove it. About 6 months ago it started getting notably bigger and developed a black head to it. The lump does not seem to cause him pain but he does not like us touching any of his feet so it's hard to tell, and the toenail is fine. the size is about a standard gumball, the bottom is circular and it tapers up like a layer cake. Today we had the vet remove it. Our vet said once he was in surgery he didn't like the looks of it and we are awaiting pathology. My dog has not lost weight, he is active and healthy, he has no other lumps or bumps on his body. His only other health issue is skin allergy flare-ups. I guess I am just looking for hope, advice, and information. I can't lose my dog, he's my best friend and too young. His father died of testicular cancer but we had our dog neutered at 6 months to prevent that issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I cannot give you any 100% guarantees, it just seems like a mass on the toe which has now been removed. The histopathology will tell you exactly what the mass was and will indicate whether any further treatment (chemotherapy or radiotherapy) is required. If the mass didn’t cause any problem with movement, it likely nothing much to worry about but again I cannot say for sure and it is best to wait for the histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Miniature Schnauzer
8
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump that gowing but not bleeding or emitting liq

Medication Used

none

I have a black 8 year old female mini-schnauzer. She has a growth on one of her toes that has doubled in size since I first noticed it 8-months ago. He did an aspiration of the growth and it is SCC. Did blood test and is OK. He said that he doesn't feel an operation should be attempted because it would metastasize. Would her chances of survival be better is the toe were removed. How long would she live if the growth were left alone? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is generally accepted that early amputation of a toe with squamous cell carcinoma leads to be better prognosis as digital squamous cell carcinomas are more locally invasive but are slow to metastasise. Prognosis varies widely in all literature so much that I wouldn’t want to commit to a specific figure or range but there is some reference to overall prognosis figures in the links below. I would recommend to remove the toe, but there may be other factors which your Veterinarian has considered to decide not to operate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vrcc.com/oncology/toe-tumors-in-dogs-early-intervention-is-key/ www.vsso.org/index.php/education-new/cancer-information-new/cancer-in-dogs-by-tumor-type-new/9-education/324-digit-tumors www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1399782

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Bullet
Cane Corso
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
Pain
Limping
Swelling

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My Cane Corso started limping and we noticed his toe was swollen, after another day and a half the swelling had increased so we took him to the vet. The vet did an X-ray of the foot and didn't see a fracture. There was no cuts, sores or openings and vet decided it was an infection and gave us some antibiotics. Four days in on antibiotics and his swelling is now the entire foot and into ankle. Swelling has increased to 3-4 times in the four day period. he has been less active and lethargic, laying around in one room unless to go bathroom or get a drink. After calling the vet back and giving an update, they told me the most likely diagnosis was cancer. I am looking for multiple opinions to make the best decision.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like a lot of swelling for four days, I would recommend having a biopsy taken to see the type of cells present before deciding to have surgery or another treatment. Whilst it may seem trivial, have you checked and cleaned between Bullet’s foot pads as small foreign bodies (not detected by x-ray) may be causing severe irritation to the paw resulting in swelling of the entire foot. Without examining Bullet’s foot, I cannot comment further; but if cancer is suspected, take a biopsy first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
American Pit Bull Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My mom's American pit bull has a pink mass on her left front foot and she is losing hair in different areas of her body. The mass is about the size of a quarter and her foot is swollen and she also limps.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The mass may be due to a granuloma due to excessive licking or may be something more serious like a tumour; you should make sure that the mass is cleaned regularly but you should have Snow examined by your Veterinarian especially since other symptoms like hair loss are present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie
Australian Shepherd
14 Years
Serious condition
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My 14 year old Aussie just had her toe removed 2 weeks ago...the vet said he believed it was malignant and thought sending it to the pathologist would just add another $200 to the bill (he is an amazing vet!!!)...she did great..her recovery was fantastic and she was walking without a limp for the first time in 3 months!!! SUDDENLY, last night, she started limping again...badly! Ugh...could the cancer of spread that quickly into her leg? I don't feel any lumps or bumps and the vet just checked her over yesterday...I am beside myself! Any thoughts?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point there may be a coincidental injury (as two weeks is a short time frame) or there is something else going on; give Gracie plenty of rest but I would advise returning to your Veterinarian for another examination to be on the safe side given the circumstances. Was any chemotherapy considered? If your Veterinarian thought it was malignant there must have been some follow up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zubla
Black Labrador
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mastoscytosis

Hi..I have a 12yrs female black Lab...in good health for her age...yes she has multiple soft lumps around her body for years but don.t bother her...3 weeks ago we took her to a vet as she has developed a lump on top of her right paw...I noticed it a while back about a year...didn't seem to grow then..but now it has ....so the vet did a bio needle extraction and we were told its Mastoscytosis or something like that...the lump on paw never bothered her until today as she is limping now...I would like to know what would be the cost to have this lump removed...and what are the chances it grows back....cost verses her age??....I am very distraught with this decision as I do not have thousands of dollars to pay this procedure..
She is in very good health for her age runs and plays...eats well can hold herself upto 12hrs...drinks well...no other issues...I'l be damn if I have to put her down over a small lump?...please help
Ian.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that this is happening to Zubla. Without knowing the type of cancer, I don't have any way to give you advice on whether removal will be curative or whether it will recur, as each cancer is very different. Costs of surgery vary depending on where you live and what level of specialty is needed. To answer your questions, it would be best to ask your veterinarian, as they know Zubla, what type of cancer it is, what the prognosis will be, and what the cost would be. I hope that she does well.

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jasmine
Mixed
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

swollen paw, wont eat hard food,

Jasmine lost a significant amount of weight, she just start licking her paw excessively. she does have a mass on her top paw, she is limping as well. She will not eat hard food at all. she is drinking alot of water and is struggling to go to the bathroom as well. when she moves a bowl its very stringy( like she ate toilet paper). before she comes in we have to wipe her because she has this mucus hanging from her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Did the mass on the paw come first or did she lick and one formed? Lick granuloma is common in dogs and cats which lick the same area repetitively; the saliva irritates the skin which causes more licking which causes more irritation etc… until there is a mass or other pathology. There are numerous causes for mucus in the faeces including foreign objects, infections, parasites, dietary problems, allergies, If she is reluctant to eat dry kibbles she may have some dental issue too. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to take a look at Jasmine to diagnose and treat the condition(s). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi i've got a Doberman dog14 years old but a tumour on that toenail foot which vet won't operate course of age just giving me medication painkillers don't you think that's wrong to let a dog suffer that way disgusting and something Needs doing about it i'm that close to putting the vet to sleep I probably will yours Mr Meredith I am prepared to go down for my dog.

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Rilke
Schnauzer standard
12.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on toe, nail deforming, smelly
Large soft swelling behind her shoulder, same side
Several other lumps over her body not seeping
Laboured breathing particularly a

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox
Antibiotics

Prognosis for 12 year standard schnauzer with tutor on her front paw toe. Vet says he would amputate toe, but we don't want to put her through more trauma, she gets vet stressed at vets and has be through years of living through earthquakes

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Prognosis isn’t set for each condition and can vary widely animal to animal. The type of tumour and level of metastasis if malignant and Rilke’s other medical conditions will play a big part of the overall prognosis. If you are looking for a prognosis, a biopsy sample to determine the type of tumour would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kelly
chug
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 8 year old chihuahua-pug mix has a noticeable bump on top of her left front paw. We had our vet look at it and she did an aspiration to look at the cells. Came up possibly cancerous so it was sent to the lab for confirmation. Lab confirmed so I have made an appointment for consultation with the surgeon but 1st availability is 11/01. I noticed the bump about 3 weeks now, and today I have noted it is growing. Is there need to be alarmed? She has no other symptoms or changes in behavior. She walks fine, as the bump has never bothered her as I can see. Please advise. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You have about eight days until surgery; as long as the mass doesn’t cause any problems and isn’t bothering Kelly I would just keep an eye on it, however if it starts to cause any problems with movement or she starts biting at it visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Smells
Sore
Infcted
Swollen,

Medication Used

Antibiotics, Pain Medication

My 10 year old black lab had a problem with her toe nail right before Christmas. Our local vet removed her toe nail because it was infected. It appeared to be healing fine initially. However about week two during the second bandage change it seemed to be more swollen. It was cleaned up and wrapped. It has been close to a month now and it seems to be getting worse. Tonight we were told it was infected again. A X-Ray was taken and they couldn't tell for sure if it is a tumor or if it's just an infection, it is only affecting the very tip of the toe at this point where the nail grows. We were given two options a second round of antibiotics or set up a surgery to remove that toe. I don't want to put my dog through the stress of the surgery but I'm also concerned about it spreading before the next X-Ray in ten days. The toe is about twice it's normal size at this point. We chose to try the antibiotics first. Is their anything particular that I should be watching for over the next ten days?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These cases can be difficult and without removing the toe or taking a biopsy we cannot say whether it is a tumour or a nasty infection in some cases; you should take the antibiotics route and reevaluate after ten days to see if there are any changes, ten days is a short amount of time but can feel a lot longer. At your next examination your Veterinarian will assess the progress and will make a recommendation to amputate the toe or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kota
Great Dane
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Sensitive
Bleeding

My 8 year old great Dane has one golf ball size knots on each of his front paws, on the side above his toes. He is constantly licking them and they have started to bleed. His paws are very sensitive. We have asked the vet in the past and they have said it could be arthritis. What could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Kota, I have a hard time commenting on what the lumps might be. If you are concerned, it would be worth a second opinion. Arthritis doesn't tend to cause lumps on the skin, but will cause pain and licking at an area. if he is painful due to arthritis, there are effective pain medications that he can be on long term so that he isn't suffering. if he is developing skin masses, those should be examined to see if they are anything to worry about. You can often get referrals for a veterinarian from friends and family who have pets. I hope that Kota is okay.

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Kody
Whippet mix
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Limping, Pain

Medication Used

Percocet
antibiotics

My 17 yr old whippet/rhodesian ridgeback mix Kody started limping 3 weeks ago. My vet discovered a small growth at base of her toe on her right front fore foot and surgically removed it, put her on antibiotics and percocet for pain. Before her stitches here out, I had a death in my family and had to board Kody for a week. When I came home, Kody was limping on the OPPOSITE fore foot! Sure enough, the vet technician discovered a growth on her other foot! She's back on antibiotics and Percocet and she will see the vet on Friday. My question is this: is it common to see tumors/cancer grow this rapidly in two different feet? Is it possible that the new growth can be managed without removing it--like putting a velcro bootie on her foot to prevent pain when walking?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the growth, I can't comment on what it might be, but there are so many possibilities, that it would be best to wait until your veterinarian can see the growth and you can decide what the best course of action might be. it may not be a cancerous tumor. It might be an infection, trauma, or a benign injury.

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Teegan
Rottweiler
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Redness
Broken nail
swelling,
Overgrown nail

Hello, my dog was just diagnosed with cancer in one of her toe. Teegan is a 7 years old female Rottweiler mix in really good overall health. She is scheduled to have the toe completely removed tomorrow. The reason why I’m reaching out to you is to get your opinion on this situation. Her veterinarian has done a chest X-ray and found no other sign of cancer and is confident that after removing that toe that the chance of her developing another tumor are slim. I’d like to know from your experience if it is in fact rare that another tumor will appear after one was removed. Thanks for your time.
Max

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the type of tumour on the toe, there are different types of cancers which may be benign or malignant and different malignant tumours spread at different rates; there are varying statistics on recurrence and spread but again it depends on the specific type of cancer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Great Dane
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paw Swelling

I have a 8 month old Great Dane. On his right back paw he developed a small bump near his pad. The Vet said it looked like a button tumor and we should remove it before it opens up. We did the surgery, and he had to remove part of the pad as well. This was a month ago and everything healed up. The last week or so he has been licking his paw, I noticed it was a little red between the toes with a slight warmth to the touch. Last night his paw started to bleed where he had the surgery and I felt a little bump, but I though it was just scare tissue.
The vet never did a blood test or tested the tissue for cancer. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is unfortunate that your veterinarian didn't send the mass off for pathology. Since the mass seems to be recurring, it might be worth having a fine needle aspirate done of the new area, to see if the type of tumor can be identified. I hope that you are able to find answers for the mass.

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Diesel
Doberman
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, weakness in ankle, foot turns out
Lumps on foot

Medication Used

none

My 14 year old labrador is having time getting on and off her bed and walking around.I spotted one lump on her leg then another one on her toe.The lump by her toe in now affecting her foot as it is hurting her other toe.I want to take her to the vet and my dad is saying she is to old and they will just put her down or they will charge too much.Now im really worried and wondering if anyone has any advice for me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for lumps on and between the toes some are serious, other are caused by habits. The lump may be cancerous, inflammation from a small foreign body (like a splinter) or due to excessive licking by Diesel causing a granuloma. Without an examination I cannot say the cause, but a visit to your Veterinarian would be able to give you an idea of the cause and a likely course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freda
Beagle
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Large growth in between toes.

My dog has a possible tumour in her toe which was removed b(as well as part of her toe) by the vet,as soon as it has healed it has grown back larger than before??????

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on the type of growth that was removed, if the edges of the mass were not surgically 'clean', in that all the cells were removed, it may be growing back more aggressively. It would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian, as they will be able to assess what might be happening and what might need to be done for Freda.

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Franke
Yorkshire Terrier
3
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog had a mass on her toe and the doctor removed the toe. Now she has a mass on the toe next to the removed toe. I will take her to the vet. However, I would like to put iodine solution on the toe and would like to give her a modest iodine supplement. Can you recommend how much (%) to put in water and give her. (thank you)

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Applying an iodine solution topically is commonly done with solutions like Betadine at a dilution of 10%; as for oral supplementation, dogs fed a balanced commercial diet shouldn’t require oral iodine supplementation and too much may cause more harm than good so it would be best to discuss this with your Veterinarian before deciding anything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Bleeding
Swelling
Licking

Medication Used

Apoquel
Antibiotics

Hi, my mini Schnauzer, Sam, has been having blisters between his center toes for a few monthes. They come and go, swell up, almost looks like a boil, bleed and oozes, then after a few days it subsides. He has flares ups quite often, not always on the same foot, but always between center digits. We have switched vets, as the first vet kinda disregarded our concern. The new vet has him on an antibiotic, which has helped reduce flare ups by 80%. But Im afraid when antibiotics stop, they sores will come back. He is been taking meds for about 6 weeks. Any suggestions?
Thank you, Annette

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Interdigital blisters or cysts maybe actually interdigital furunculosis; interdigital furunculosis maybe caused by hair irritating the webbing between the toes, bacterial or fungal infections, Demodex infections, small foreign bodies (grass awn), irritants or due to atopy. Diagnosing the actual cause can be quite tricky leading to skin scraping, fine needle aspirates etc… to find the underlying problem. Due to the variety of causes I cannot suggest a different treatment method. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My St Poodle just turned nine last November I found what appeared like a tick on his toenail. My vet said just watch it. Within 6 weeks it was the size of a dime. She took it off but a similar sore appeared on the same foot three days ago. It's healing good with neosporian. He has an occasional cough. He had squamouis cell melanoma. I put medicine on his toe today & the sore bleed a little. Do you think the cancer is back? He runs & playes & eats well. Thanks!

My dog is a Japanese Akita he has a swelling lump on his left side of paw I took him to have his nails clipped and vet warned it could be tumor it's hard big bleeding

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Dozer
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not playful
huffing
teeth separating
cannot chew
tumor on hind foot
Weight Loss
Lethargy

Medication Used

prednisone

My almost 11 year old male Labrador retriever was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in February. Over this past weekend his face has changed, his teeth are separating and he won't chew his food but instead swallows it whole. He has an tumor on his hind paw but is not limping. He is currently on prednisone daily and spends a lot of his day sleeping but he is also a senior. He is still wagging his tail, drinking water, eating (although not chewing), and going to the bathroom normally. He almost huffs when he breathes and has become very clingy and wide eyed. How will I know if he's in severe pain or that it's time?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That does sound like you may not have much time left with Dozer, and I am sorry. What I often recommend is to make a list of things that Dozer always loved to do. As he stops being able to do those things, it will get to a point where his quality of life has decreased to the point where it isn't fair. Dogs will wag their tails far past when they are suffering, so that is not a great indicator of pain. Your veterinarian will be able to help you assess him, as well. I hope that you have him for a while longer.

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Luke
Clumber Spaniel
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, lump on paw pad

Medication Used

none at this time

Our year old clumber has been battling with a yeast infection in his paw pad. This was first recognized by excessive licking, redness and limping. He was treated with antibiotics and foot soaking which helped a bit for a short time. He now has an unusual looking bump on the paw pad and is limping again. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why a lump may appear on a dog’s paw pad (usually between the pads), they are usually caused by an infection and maybe related to the previous infection; other causes would include cysts, warts or cancer, revisit your Veterinarian to inspect the paw so that treatment can be directed. You may try soaking the paw in salt water for ten minutes three times per day to see if it helps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for your prompt response. Praying it is not cancer. Called the get today. Thank you so much

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Mango
Staffi
9
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog Mango is a 9 year old staffi-mix of medium to large build. He recently had both knees operated on for cruciate ligament repair. He also had a soft tissue sarcoma removed from his side during the 2nd knee operation. During this time he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism due to his hair that grew back so slowly. Hi slast stitches was not even out yet and he had a metacarpal footpad that was red and sore and started expanding at an alarming rate. He is scheduled for yet another surgery on Monday. What is the best thing to do for Mango? At this stage we have spent about all the money we had to get him better. I feel so sorry for my dog and want to do the best for him that I can.
Elaine

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It is hard to suggest what to do for Mango; it seems like he is not having a good time at the moment. I would suggest removing the affected toe or paw and seeing how Mango is afterwards. I understand that treatment maybe limited by finances but it is ultimately your decision on the choices you make for Mango; the next surgery isn’t a major surgery and he should recover well from it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carly
Yorkshire Terrier
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Loss of Balance
lack of appetite

Carly who is 17 had several old dog warts or tags (Dr. Called them) removed along with 3 teeth 3 mths ago.She did fine and recovered very well it seemed.
Forgot one was a dark growth on the top or between digits of front paw.(we had planned on removal of digit but day of Dr felt not needed)
So in the last week my baby has gone down she sleeps much of the time, drinks more water,she's thrown up a few times and she is eating but not like before has lost interest and I am cooking her steak to get her to eat.she has been on a home cooked low sodium diet for over 5 years due to heart. Which I may add I do give her a lasix about every other day when coughing increases. So my worry is that I can feel something in her toe as if to all was removed or maybe it is just how tissue healed.I also know these can be signs of the end.I want to know what to do to make sure she is comfortable and if it sounds like something that can be helped or fixed that would be even better!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would really be best to have Carly examined by your veterinarian. They know what the toe looked like previously, and will be able to examine her, possibly run lab tests to assess her body functions, and give her any medications that might help. She is a senior, and she may need supportive care to get over what is happening to her.

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Max
Spaniel mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dry hacking

My 12 year old dog had a tumor blow his toe pad. At first, I thought he just blew his pad, but when it didn't heal, we took him in. Doctor confirmed it was cancer and removed the toe. I asked about life expectancy and he stated that it was aggressive but can't give me time frame. He said he could biopsy up the leg to see if it had spread. We declined. 5 months later, I feel two soft round lumps (about 1-2 inches) around his rib cage. He is also starting a dry heaving/hacking with a weird noise almost like pain.. one time some bile came up, but usually nothing is coming up. He doesn't normally do this and it's only a few times throughout the day. I am wondering if this and the lumps could be a sign the cancer is spreading? He still eats, runs around, etc, so he 'appears' to be doing well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email - I am sorry that Max is having these problems. Without knowing what type of cancer Max had removed, I am not sure if the lumps and the coughing could be a sign of cancer, but some bony cancers do spread to the lungs. It would be a good idea to take him to your veterinarian and have a recheck, and chest x-rays, to assess whether the new lumps are benign and he is just coughing more as he ages normally, or whether the cancer has spread and is causing his signs. I hope that he does well.

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Jacob
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Bleeding
Limping
Redness
Swelling
Jacob has already had one surgery and the cancer returned. the vet claims there is nothing more to do but let him be happy until the end of his life.