Histiocytomas Are Benign Skin Growths Seen In Young Dogs
Histiocytomas are benign skin growths seen in young dogs. They are raised, red, and sometimes ulcerated. Surgical treatment is only recommended if the bump grows large enough to cause cancerous round cell tumors. There is no known cause for these tumors. Diagnosis is done by looking at the cells microscopically. Histiocyticomas can occur in any breed of dog. However, some breeds are more commonly seen in dogs three years of age and younger. Your vet may recommend waiting to see what the growth looks like in a few weeks or months. If the growth does not disappear, your vet may suggest removal via cryosurgery. This involves applying a local anesthetic to the area. Dogs with small, painless histioctomas may live happily with these benign growths for many years. Your veterinary will provide specific post-surgery instructions to keep the incision area clean. If you notice any significant redness, swelling, missing needles, or if the skin feels warmer than the surrounding tissue, immediately remove them. They have no identifiable cause, and there is no way to prevent them from growing. They do not harm any humans or any other animals that your dog may come into contact with. . . .