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I have a 5 year old rottie and who i have seen with white to me looking scae tissue on her lower lip in 2 plasces and does not seem to bother her and go through the lip to the in side. she roughes houses with my other rottie and a couple of other dogs i have . could it be scar tissue from rough housing with the other dogs or a tumor or some kind of lip cancer god forbid! It looks like a pencile lead size diamiter on outside goes across the lip to the inside. Does not look swollen or infected. Worried and low on bucks and thank you for the free advice. nice to know some people still care for others.

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Hi Jeff,

It's always scary when you discover some kind of growths on your dog. It's good to know that most of the time these sort of things are not cancerous! It's good your dog doesn't seem to be bothered by them, and there isn't a bad smell associated with the bumps.

I am not a doctor, so I can only offer guesses as to what those bumps on your dog's lip are. It's possible they're sebaceous cysts, pustules (pimples), or an allergic reaction to something (it could be just about ANYTHING). It's also possible that it's Pyoderma (skin infection brought on by an immune system reaction) or something called oral papillomas (a common viral disease in dogs, sort of like warts).
Most of the time these things go away on their own in anywhere from few weeks to a month or two. Keep an eye on the bumps. Notice if they get larger, more bumps occur, a change in color of the bumps, if there is lip swelling or bleeding, or your dog seems to become bothered by the bumps. If you see any changes like this it's time to have your dog examined by a vet. Don't wait.

If you are having trouble afford veterinary care, first talk to your regular vet. Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front. Another option is to contact local animal shelters or the Humane Society. Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs. If you happen to live within driving distance to veterinary school, check with them to see if they offer discount services to the public. There are two special credit cards to apply for which help with medical bills (including veterinary bills) read about them here:

http://www.carecredit.com
http://www.healthcard.citicards.com

There are also some charities that can help with vet bills, each organization has it's own application rules. Read more here:

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vth/GoodSam/index.aspx
http://www.imom.org
http://www.thepetfund.com
http://shakespeareanimalfund.org
http://www.rosesfund.com/index.htm

I hope I've been a help.
Best of luck,

Patti

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To date, I've owned 7 dogs, all of which have lived into old age. Having cared for them in all stages of life, I feel I can offer sound advice to other pet owners, and people considering getting a dog. I am knowledgeable about the AKC (American Kennel Club) dog breeds, training and exercise, caring for sick and elderly pets, feeding, as well as many holistic treatments pets can benefit from. My only request is that you write me using standard English and punctuation.

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My life experience in this field is more like "on the job training" rather than an actual degree in animal welfare. You may benefit from my experiences over the past 30 years. Aside from the dogs I've owned, I'm also involved in "breed rescue" and have fostered several dogs, all of which have been adopted to wonderful "forever homes". I find helping people who want a dog very rewarding.

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Real life experience, based on over 30 years of dog ownership.

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