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    My husband and I were away in Canada for the last week. My mother in law came down and watched the pups. When we got home yesterday I noticed that my frenchie mix had a sore on his paw. Sully has had both hot spots and histiocytomas before. I think this looks more like a histiocytoma but it's a lot bigger than I've seen on him before.

    My mother in law claimed that she didn't see it until I pointed it out, which just makes me think it formed very quickly...so still it could be either a hot spot or histiocytoma.

    It does not seem to be really bothering him too much, just looks nasty.

    I'm headed away again for a week for work by my husband is going to be around so I'm wondering if I should take him to the vet before I go just to ease my worried mind...

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    Default Re: histiocytoma or hot spot?

    I should add that the top picture is a more accurate depiction of the color - the bottom two is weird lighting making things look more yellow/red


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    One more note... The reason I initially thought it was a hot spot was because the lawn maintenance people came and seeded the yard the day before we got back and sully is allergic to everything under the sun.


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    I had never seen a hotspot swell like that..... hysot-thingy usually look more like a wart --- I am leaning to a cyst, I would soak in epsom salt a couple times a day and see if there is any change. I also tagged Lisa to get her thoughts
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    I had never seen a hotspot swell like that..... hysot-thingy usually look more like a wart --- I am leaning to a cyst, I would soak in epsom salt a couple times a day and see if there is any change. I also tagged Lisa to get her thoughts
    My thoughts exactly. He has had both hotspots and hysto - this looks like neither. I just might make a vet appointment so I can have a clear mind before I have to hit the road again on Sunday. I know my husband is going to have a heck of a time trying to soak his paw by himself lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by nubonics View Post
    My thoughts exactly. He has had both hotspots and hysto - this looks like neither. I just might make a vet appointment so I can have a clear mind before I have to hit the road again on Sunday. I know my husband is going to have a heck of a time trying to soak his paw by himself lol


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    Default Re: histiocytoma or hot spot?

    Agree, it looks like a cyst to me too. We've always done Epsom salt soaks, works great, and will get the inflammation and size down in a few days.

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    I'm leaving tomorrow for a week long business trip so I decided to take Sully to the vet so my husband didn't have to take him / he could properly treat him.

    The vet said that there are a few possibilities - and in order of what he think it is: 1. Trauma/infection (bug bite that got infected OR cyst) 2. Ringworm 3. Tumor.

    So current treatment is antibiotics and anti fungal wipes. We have a scrapping that went to the labs to determine if it is ringworm but for now he wants to topically treat it - and the antibiotics were given in case it is an infection/cyst.

    The ringworm results takes about 2 weeks to come back but if it is ringworm he wants to get him on oral treatments too. He said that it takes a while for ringworm to grow and a while for it to go away

    If it is a cyst (and doesn't respond to the antibiotics) or a tumor we will need go back in a couple of weeks to have it removed.

    So now we will wait and see...


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    Default histiocytoma or hot spot?

    This totally looks like a hystiocytoma and they usually crop up overnight too without warning.

    These can take a couple of months to disappear.

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    I'm going to save this thread so I can do an article on hystiocytoma, may I use your pics @nubonics?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
    I'm going to save this thread so I can do an article on hystiocytoma, may I use your pics @nubonics?


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    Absolutely, but I'm still not sure if it is histiocytoma but if you feel that it is a good representation of it - feel free to use the pics. He did have one on the under his paw once pic below. Feel free to use that one too




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    Btw, my husband and I decided that it is not ringworm- it's a definite lump. So we are not going to use the ring worm topical treatment. Sully didn't like it too much and until we get confirmation that it is ringworm we are going to hold off on burning his skin with an unnecessary treatment. We are going to stick with the antibiotics just in case it is an infection or a cyst.


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