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Vet news & questions!  Brinks has 2 growths - 1 on lower rib cage, 1 on his neck.  Took him to the vet today for a recheck as they are getting larger.  She thinks they are benign histiocytomas made "angry" by Milady licking & nibbling on them.  They don't seen to bother Brinks - no licking or scratching at them - but Milady is trying to make him "all better".  He is now on antibiotics & inflammatories.  To keep the lady from licking them anymore he is now wearing one of my turtlenecks with the sleeves cut off!  As soon as I can get a photo I'll post it because he is not liking that!!

He goes back next Wednesday & the vet is going to remove them if the swelling & infection is gone.

Has anyone else had episodes of these things?  I googled them & found all kinds of awful stuff that the vet said (when I called in hysterics) is not what she believes he has.

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Red has had a few and had one growth on his tail that at first we thought was one of those, but it turned out malignant melanoma. My vet thought he got it all, and I thought it was coming back right before I got Princess, but it was a false alarm. In fact, the only sign of where it was is a slight gap in his fur.

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So you had all of them biopsied (sp)?  Does Red still get them now?  Most of the stuff I read about the benign ones said dogs usually under 3...  Is this a heredity thing perhaps?

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Don't know about the hereditary aspect. We did not have the first one biopsied as the vet looked at them under the microscope and did not see the need. They were in fact when he was younger. The last item, did not react the same, and that is why the vet went ahead and removed it. After the surgery, he sent it off because he was suspicious.

I had forgotten that Princess had one on her neck when she was about 7 months old. The vet injected something just underneath that came up through it, and about a week later, it flaked off and her fur came slowly back. I thought she was going to have a round scar, but I can't find the location now.

Now that may not have been the same item. The vet will use a technical term, but I have these and the benign lumps on my dogs for so many years, I just let the vet take care of them. Lets, face it, we have some similar as well. That keeps the dermatologists employed.

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I wouldn't be surprised if there is a genetic component.  Three of the five littermates from my second litter had histiocytomas.  One of the puppies from my 5th litter had one last year when he was 7 years old. 

There is really no need to remove them if they are histiocytomas.  They will resolve on their own in time.  Some Doberman people swear that using Tinactin, the antifungal spray, on them helps.  I did use it on Zeke last year but it just drew attention to it and made the other dogs want to lick it.  It was better off doing nothing. 

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I just wanted to say THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS THREAD. Prince has developed a histiocytoma on his front leg and had I not read this thread before it developed, I probably would have had a panic attack. Everyone on this site knows how much we care about our doberkids, and when something happens and we don't know what it is, it can really freak you out. As soon as I saw it I thought "wait a minute...this looks like one of those things I read about on the forum". It really saved me a lot of headache and worry. And my vet echoed the sentiments of everyone who has commented on this topic. She thinks it will go away on its own. Thanks to everyone who continues to share their experiences and stories on this forum because it truly helps.

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I'm just now posting this, because I've been trying to condense the whole 3 week mess into a good story for you all.  It's a long story, and condensing it takes alot of the feeling out of it...  Maybe I'll have Lady Kate edit it for me  :)

Thank you Lady Kate & Rgreen for getting me through Brinks' surgery and aftercare!  Yes, we had to have them removed.  They grew too fast, too big & too angry.  However, the biopsy came back negative for any malignancy.

If you look closely, you can see the 3" long scar on his ribs.  His collar hides the round 2" scar on his neck.  The growths were big (19mm & 22mm - grew that big in 2 months) and the vet had to take 1cm all around them to be sure she got everything "just in case".

Please everyone - if your dog has these growths, watch them carefully!  Brinks' didn't rupture like Prince's did, but they didn't dry up & fall off either.

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Thank you Sweet girl for  letting us know what's happening and updating us on Brinks.. We know you've been busy and a little overwhelmed by all kinds of things.. but we've all been thinking, wondering and hoping for a good outcome with the histolytic you found with Brinks. You don't know how much we appreciate your information, as this is not a common malady..

Thank God that it was benign.. and thank God you had it treated as swiftly as possible.. We love Brinks, we love Milady, and we love you!!

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Rocky Reign had a hystiocytoma the size of a quarter on his lower left leg.  We were not sure what is was at first, so we brought him to the vet and did a biospsy.  Thank God it was a benign mass.  The vet gave Rocky 20 days worth of antibiotics because there was an infection along with it.  The mass has since shrunk down to nothing.  The vet said there should not be a need for surgery, as the vast majority go away on their own after medicine, and time.