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Skin issue with my 9 mo old pup

Discussion in 'American Bulldog' started by Charlene, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Hi. I'm the proud mamma of Thor (a 9 month old Ambully).


    Thor has a hard, round, red, flat bump on his left hind leg right under his joint that seems to be getting larger. He had this before when he was younger also when I took him to the vet for shots shortly after we adopted him, but I can't remember what it is. It seems to be a recurring problem.


    A Dr visit is in his near future, but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue with their bully & how they treat it. I have put an antibiotic salve on it but it is starting to bleed a little & I'm worried. It does not appear to have any type of "head", so I'm doubting it is an abscess. Like I mentioned before, the top is flat not round which also makes me think it's no abscess.

    It it does not seem to be bothering him, but it is VERY red and looks painful (to me anyway). I've searched the internet several times but can't find anything similar to this bump.

    thanks for any info or suggestions.
     
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'd take him to the vet sooner rather than later.
     
  3. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Can you post a picture of it?
     
  4. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Yes, if I can get him to cooperate. :)
     
  5. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

  6. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Any ideas as to what this is?
     
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yea, that's weird. I'd definitely be at the vet tomorrow. It looks big.
     
  8. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Our vet has seen him about it before and frankly, doesn't seem that concerned about it. That's why I put the antibiotic on it that she gave us last time. I was just wondering if maybe this is common in this breed because in the 6 months we've had him, this is the 3 or 4 one he's had.
     
  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    What did the vet say it was?
     
  10. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    As I said earlier, I don't remember what she said this was as this was one of several reasons we've been to see her. Every other time, Thor has had to go on oral antibiotics &/or steroids for something else. I'm not sure which, if either, made a difference with these bumps. She gave me antibiotic cream as well, & that's what I've been using this time he's gotten one.

    im just wondering if anyone else's bully breed gets them or has an idea of what they are or what causes them.
     
  11. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Why don't you call the vet and ask what it was? They keep records of that stuff, at least mine does.
     
  12. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    Next time you go to the vet, i would ask for a copy of his records. It's good to have anyways incase you ever need to see a vet for a second opinion or a specialist you have all his records.
     
  13. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Good ideas. I'll see if they are open today. We've had major snow & ice this week, so being in the Deep South, of course everything in town has been shut down bc the roads are closed. Thanks.
     
  14. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    Looks like a hystiocytoma, almost identical to why my pit mix had when he was young. Best to check with the dr though. My boy's went away on its own with a little triple antibiotic, took a couple months to completely go away though.

    here's a link with a few pictures

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histiocytoma_(dog)
     
  15. Brunosmom

    Brunosmom Puppy

    I would say that it also looks like a spider bite. Just an idea but..... If the dog is in the same areas when going outside that could also be a reason for him continuously getting them. What area are you in? Do you know of any spiders that are around your area?

    Here is one I found on Google images.
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  16. Charlene

    Charlene Puppy

    Yes, I think it is a hystiocytoma. I remember the vet has scraped them in the past, but I couldn't remember what she called them. It must be why she isn't too concerned with them. The article does say that bullies are prone to get them. I'll continue with the topical antibiotic she gave us & continue to monitor it to be sure it doesn't get any bigger. He's due for another visit/checkup in about a week and a half anyway.

    Thanks for for all the info, everyone.
     

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