A squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumor in the epidermal layer of a dog's skin. It can appear on the skin, in the nail beds of the toes, or in the mouth. Our 4 year old boxe, Audrey, has a hard pea sized lump on her ankle near where her dew claw would have been.. (Some breeds do) The vet was concerned that there might be some poor quality to the leg bones that might indicate a growing cancer but it was pretty unlikely. The ugly, sneaky tumor under the dew claw. So, the xray showed a very weird perfectly round bone growth where a rear dew claw would be if a doodle had one. We took him to the vet, and they said it was an infected dew claw. What is the dewclaw on a dog? Does it have a purpose, or should it be removed to prevent later problems or injuries? Onychauxis is a thickening of the claw associated with age, reduced exercise and grooming in senior cats exacerbate the problem. usually they are under the skin, like a fluid filled lump. My 8 year old male golden retriever has a large, swollen, red mass exactly where his dew claw is. Overgrown cat claws are common in older cats, and at its worst can lead to paw pad trauma as the overgrown claw curls into the pad. A dew claw injury is even more prevalent in dogs because unlike other nails; they do not weaken or wear down.Dogs do not use claws (or dewclaws) when they walk. These are sometimes called a cutaneous horn, and a dog who develops one will have a growth that looks like an animal horn or nail protein growing out of their skin. a cyst? The ran tests and found all white blood cells, meaning an infection. Zinc Deficiency – a poor quality diet will also cause a dog to have very thick paw pads, leaving them more susceptible to drying and cracking. It could be she caught the dew claw on something and tore it. Overgrown claws in cats. It doesn't bother her, but obviously I'm a bit concerned. a hot spot that a dog licks at and makes red and raw are different. Hard bone-like lump on Lyric's leg. 7. Broken or split nails that extend past the quick can also be a hazard if left untreated as it can cause bleeding from the blood vessels that are located in the nails as well as allowing an entry point to potential bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Here's what you should know. My vet has assured me this does not necessarily mean what I am fearing, and that the removal of the dewclaw and tumor is a fairly straight-forward surgery. Learn the answers to these questions and … Bone-hard lumps are exactly that, calcification gone awry in reaction to a months-earlier disturbance in the bone's covering of cartilage or periosteum. Our 7 year old female, lab mix dog, has a large, hard lump underneath her jaw. Causes of overgrown claws Poor circulation: Hard-pad Disease – a condition which manifests itself by affecting your dog’s paw pads, causing them to be sore and cracked may occur after your dog has battled canine distemper. The dog was put on antibiotics for 20 days. Don’t forget to check the dew claw as well for damage. If you feel a stick-like growth on your dog's tail, back, or legs, it could be what are called cornifying epitheliomas. Temperature of the tissues is a useful gauge in assessing the current activity of a lump. Tumor or infected dew claw? ... 1 decade ago. Hi i found a lump in my dogs paw were his dew claw used to be his dew claw were removed when he was a pup it's been there a good bit as it is has calluses on it .it seems attached to the end of the bone which would have been his dew claw it moves with the little bone it's perfectly round and flat ,it doesn't bother him and is about the size of a grape ... lab mix: year old female..hard lump..fever..eating, playing, barking. Harley has once again been placed on antibiotics and is schedule for surgery for immediate removal of tumor and digit Monday morning. 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