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A. Hopefully it is just a wart or skin tag but I would recommend having it checked by your vet, they may want to do a fine needle aspirate or biopsy to check for cancer.

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The tumor may appear as a small nodule, a reddish colored skin plaque, or as a papule – small and blister like in appearance, but differentiated by its lack of fluid.
Papilloma – Papillomas are viral warts that are contagious between dogs. The most common papilloma virus causes warts in and around the mouth of young dogs, although they can appear anywhere on the body and in any age dog. The warts tend to be small and round, with a cauliflower like appearance.
A keratoma is a mass caused by a benign growth of the keratin producing cells in the skin. In the dog these are most commonly found on the bottom of the pad and are known as corns. These can be painful for the dog to walk on. They present as masses located on the bottom of the foot pads.
Histiocytoma in dogs typically appear as small, solitary, hairless lumps, usually on the head, neck, ears, and limbs. In some uncommon cases (in the case of Shar peis, in particular), multiple masses may be present simultaneously.
One may feel firm, raised wart-like blemishes that are squamous cell carcinoma. One may see rubber-like, inflamed sores that are mast cell tumors. Melanomas can look like strange-colored lumps or bumps on the lips, mouth, pads of feet, or toenail beds. Dog owners may see other pain symptoms, such as limps.
Changes in Size, Colour and Texture. Like in humans, changes to existing lumps could be a sign of cancer. Look for changes in size, texture and colour, particularly if it becomes black or purple.
One of the best ways to identify a potentially cancerous lump is to evaluate how that tumor feels when touched. Compared to the soft, fatty characteristics of a lipoma, a cancerous lump will be harder and firm to the touch, appearing as a hard immovable lump on your dog.
Chromoblastomycosis is a chronic granulomatous infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by several different dematiaceous fungi and resulting in the formation of slow-growing warty plaques and cauliflower-like lesions which may ulcerate.
What is a lick granuloma? A lick granuloma, also known as acral lick dermatitis, occurs when a dog obsessively licks at an area, often on a lower limb, most commonly the wrist or carpal joint of the front limb. These dogs find a spot to lick and start a cycle of self-trauma, inflammation, and infection.
Found in the foot pads of the dog, corns are often seen as a circular area or `dot` in the base of the pad. When they first appear, they can be quite small and may look just like a bit of foreign matter that has stuck in the pad.
Histiocytoma tumors are often referred to as button tumors because they are usually less than an inch in size, red, raised, and hairless. Often seen in English Bulldogs, Scottish Terriers, Greyhounds, Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Chinese Shar-Peis these tumors typically regress on their own within two to three months.
You may hear it referred to as a cutaneous histiocytoma, too. It`s a relatively benign skin tumor that affects young dogs (usually less than 4 years old). It can sometimes be confused for other types of lumps on dogs. Histiocytomas appear on the surface of the skin as a pink-red, hairless lump.
Basal cell tumors vary in size, from a few centimeters to inches in diameter, and most commonly appear as single, firm, hairless, raised masses in the skin, often on the head, neck, or shoulders. Occasionally, they may be cystic or ulcerate, and some may stick out like stalks from the skin surface.
Mast cell tumors vary in appearance. Some may look like raised bumps within, or just below the surface of, the skin. Others appear as red, ulcerated, bleeding, bruised, and/or swollen growths. Some tumors appear and remain the same size for months or years, while others show a rapid growth pattern over days or weeks.
Infections or foreign bodies can hinder a dog`s mobility, but tumors can grow on dogs` paws, too — including on or in between the toes.
Bumps that are cancerous are typically large, hard, painless to the touch and appear spontaneously. The mass will grow in size steadily over the weeks and months. Cancerous lumps that can be felt from the outside of your body can appear in the breast, testicle, or neck, but also in the arms and legs.
Lipomas are the most common benign mass dogs can get; they`re often found under the skin of older dogs, and are more common in obese dogs. They tend to be round, soft tumours of fat cells that grow very slowly and rarely spread, so it can take up to six months before you see any change.
Squamous Cell Cancers

Squamous cell carcinomas most often form on areas of the skin that receive the most sunlight. These growths can also occur in scars or sores and look like open sores, red patches, warts, or thickened skin. SCC growths look like thick patches of rough, scaly skin.

Polypoid melanoma is a variant of nodular melanoma, whose poor prognosis depends on its thickness and the presence of ulceration at the time of diagnosis. The authors report two cases of polypoid melanoma, presenting as broad, cauliflower-like, polypoid masses.
Dog Cyst vs Tumor: How Do I Tell The Difference? Cysts are fluid-filled sacs under the skin that are usually easy to move around, while tumors are typically more solid. A cyst also may drain a white, yellow, or green discharge.
They may grow quickly, over the course of a few weeks. More commonly they grow slowly over months or years. In advanced cases, the skin overlying the tumor can ulcerate or break open. This leaves dogs susceptible to pain and infection.
Symptoms of nodular melanoma include: A firm, dome-shaped growth on your skin. Discoloration (red, pink, brown, black, blue-black or the same color as your skin). Texture may be smooth, crusty or rough, like cauliflower.
Condylomata acuminata, or genital warts, are fleshy papillomatous growths found on the genitalia. In early or mild cases, the only physical finding may be subtle skin-colored, flat-topped papules. Their growth can be exuberant in some patients when untreated, resulting in cauliflower-like masses.
Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is caused by Hyaloperonospora parasitica, an oomycete that can damage the foliage and heads of cauliflower. Its spores are carried by the wind and germinate in wet environments with temperatures between 58 and 72°F.

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Q. Female Great Dane with cauliflower growth (walnut size) on outer left front foot pad behind the little toe. Started out as small lesion. Closed growth
ANSWER : A. Hopefully it is just a wart or skin tag but I would recommend having it checked by your vet, they may want to do a fine needle aspirate or biopsy to check for cancer.

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Q. What is the best way to train your dog on a pee pad? He can go on the pee pad if I bring him to the pad if I don’t he makes an accident.
ANSWER : A. Train your dog using a positive reinforcement method. Since your dog will use the pad when you bring it to him, reward him immediately for urinating on the pad. First, teach your dog to associate the word “good” with a treat (or use a special device called a “clicker” in place of a verbal “good”). Then, say “good” or “click” when you dog urinates on the pee pad and reward him as soon as he finishes. Repeat this training over and over until your dog understands that peeing on the pad equals reward. Then, begin to move the pad away from your dog and bring him to the pad wherever it is. Again, reward when he goes on the pad. It is all about making it “fun” to pee on the pad (reward) and not fun to pee anywhere else (no reward). To learn more about “clicker training” and/or positive reinforcement training, I recommend purchasing a good book on training using positive reinforcement techniques. Or, I or another of the experts on this site, would be happy to consult with you to guide you through the steps and make this a positive experience for both you and your dog.

Q. Why does a dogs pads on his paws turn such a pink color?
ANSWER : A. I’m confused here. Are your dogs paw pads typically black, but they turn a reddish pink? You may want to see your veterinarian about this to make sure there isn’t anything wrong with his paw pads. I’ve met dogs who have extremely fragile paw pads due to some bad genetics.. they end up getting injured on their paws very easily. I’ve met dogs who are unable to even walk on cement without wearing little doggy booties. It could be that your dog is dealing with some serious discomfort, and you want to get that checked out immediately.

If your dogs paw pads just seem a little bit irritated, you may want to try something like “Musher’s Secret” on them. This is an ointment that you rub on your dogs paw pads to keep them healthy, and smooth. I use this in the winter when there is rock salt all over the ground.. it keeps her paw pads from getting irritated and tearing open. It’s like lotioning your skin to keep it from getting dry and cracked. If you think your dog is dealing with something that is a little more extreme than just some dry irritated paw pads, then see your vet immediately instead of purchasing the Musher’s Secret.

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Q. I think my cat was bitten on his front foot by a vole. It is tender, he’s careful of it. I see no wound, possible slight swelling of pad. Take to vet?
ANSWER : A. A vole’s teeth a quite sharp but small. The puncture wounds would be very small and may even close over, so that you can’t see them. First, if your pet is not current on rabies, go to the veterinarian right away. A vole is a type of rodent, and rodents can carry rabies (although voles are not major carriers). Better safe than sorry. Otherwise, wash the affected foot with warm warm and monitor carefuily. If the foot becomes swollen, develops an odor, feels very warm to the touch, or you see oozing pus, head to the vet. Also, go to the vet if the cat continues to favor the foot more than a day or two.

Q. Whenever I take my dog on walks he always barks at people and others dogs in my neighborhood. What should I do to resolve the problem
ANSWER : A. The very first thing to do is to make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a good, happy dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration. Depending on his breed, age, and health, your dog may require several long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some interactive toys.

Figure out what he gets out of barking and remove it. Don’t give your dog the opportunity to continue the barking behavior.

Ignore your dog’s barking for as long as it takes him to stop. That means don’t give him attention at all while he’s barking. Your attention only rewards him for being noisy. Don’t talk to, don’t touch, or even look at him. When he finally quiets, even to take a breath, reward him with a treat. To be successful with this method, you must wait as long as it takes for him to stop barking. Yelling at him is the equivalent of barking with him.

Get your dog accustomed to whatever causes him to bark. Start with whatever makes him bark at a distance. It must be far enough away that he doesn’t bark when he sees it. Feed him lots of good treats. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things.

Teach your dog the ‘quiet’ command. Oddly, the first step is to teach your dog to bark on command. Give your dog the command to “speak,” wait for him to bark two or three times, and then stick a tasty treat in front of his nose. When he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say “speak.” Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the “quiet” command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to “speak.” When he starts barking, say “quiet” and stick a treat in front of his nose. Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.

As in all training, always end training on a good note, even if it is just for obeying something very simple, like the ‘sit’ command. If you dog regresses in training, go back to the last thing he did successfully and reinforce that before moving on again. Keep sessions short, 15-20 minutes max, and do this several times a day.

Q. Our female dog dog had a lump in her nipple but it kept growing over the years and became big now its become painful and she is unable to sit
ANSWER : A. If your dog has a lump or growth on her nipples or belly that has been growing in size, it is best to have your local vet examine her. Sudden growths on the body can be caused by a number of things ranging from lipomas (benign fatty tumors that are common in older dogs) to more serious problems such as mammary or mast cell tumors. Your vet can take a sample of the growth and send it to a Lab for analysis. Depending on the cause, treatment may range from leaving the growth be, removing the growth, or removing the growth and beginning additional treatment therapies.

Q. My cat one half yrs old his left front foot pad in middle two small pad is swollen hair and color of his pads is black but the two middle pad swoolen
ANSWER : A. It could be an infection or possibly something like a thorn stuck in it. I would recommend having it checked out by your vet when they open. If it seems very painful and unwilling to weight bear on it then have it looked at by your emergency vet.

Q. Pads of my dogs one foot are falling off and has clear puss coming out. Had nail pulled out last week on same foot. Wondering shar could cause this
ANSWER : A. I would start by x-raying the foot. I’d be wondering about some problem down in the bone first, like chronic infection or even cancer (sorry, but I had to mention it) that may be contributing to what sounds like a pretty bad infection. If the pads and nails are coming off, there’s something pretty nasty that’s festering below, I’d say. Ultimately she may need surgery to clean out the infection and close the wounds, then bandaging for several weeks. But a cause should be investigated first.