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Cooper, my sisters Lab, has a growth on his upper gum that looks like a small blood blister. It comes and goes. It was there and she took him to the vet, and by the time they got there, it was gone. Its back and it is attached to the gum and bleeds.. It almost looks like a very small piece of liver.. Any ideas?? If I can figure out how to post a pic from an iPad, I will add the picture...thanks for any help you can give.

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tempo had this last year. it was attached by a thread to his gums, and it eventually fell off before i could get to the vet. it never came back.

 

http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/290498-growth-on-gums/

 

i often now wonder if that was related to his current dire state, like perhaps it was a very early metastases. but i doubt that.

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Tracy, what are your thoughts???

Any time you find an oral mass-even if you suspect it to be a benign epulis it should be removed and biopsied. Oral masses can be maglinant. The one you are describing troubles me because it is of different color. Could it be benign-sure but, there's only one way to find out.

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My parents dog had an epulis that got quite large rather quickly. It was removed easily, without complications & has never returned. My late Grey, Luke, had a growth attached to a ligament holding a tooth in. So the tooth had to come out along with the growth. It was benign thankfully & he never had another problem.

 

What you describe sounds similar to the hemangiomas my current male Grey gets on his belly. Haven't heard of those on the gums. Would find that sort of thing quite worrisome. It really should be looked at by a vet. Oral cancers can get very nasty. Usually these things are benign & for most the removal is fairly straight forward, without problems. Hope that's the way it is for your pup.

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Yup, biopsy. The only way to really know what it is and the only way to get a jump on treatment if it is something bad. Best of luck to Cooper.

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