are tumors common in pitbulls?

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are tumors common in pitbulls?

Postby bluntz » Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:04 pm

my 7 year old pitbull {Nikki} :sad: just past away last week of a tumor. She was diagnosed with a bone tumor in her right arm a few months ago, and it just kept growing. Last week we had to put her down because she was in too much pain. I was just wondering if anyone knew if tumors were common in pitbulls.



Postby Boo439 » Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:10 pm

I'm very sorry for your loss.

I don't know how common tumors are in PB's in general, but when you have a "pure bred" dog, your chances of problems like that are greater. I know Boxers get them very often.

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Postby concreterose » Fri Jul 02, 2004 6:50 pm

I am SO sorry for your loss. Our oldest pit, Pookie had surgery about a month ago to have a cancerous tumor removed. We took her to an animal cancer specialist, who told us that mast cell tumors are very common in bully and boxer breeds. She explained that it is very important to check regularly for lumps and bumps because the earlier that they are found, the higher the chance for successful removal.

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Postby Leslie H » Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:17 pm

Sorry for your loss. Lost my Rottie X Kaari like that when she was 7. I have not heard of bone cancer much, if at all in pits. It is very common in rotties, though.


Postby mountain5 » Sat Jul 03, 2004 7:27 pm

My condolences. I just put down a dog too due to leukemia.


Postby Gothic » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:28 am

Sorry for your loss.
My Pit Bull had a skin tumor.
With this tumor he must operate three times.

In oure Dogtraining school was also two outher Pit Bulls with the same problem.


Postby jmann4 » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:16 pm

First, I'm sorry for your loss.

From what I understand they are common with the breed. Angel my oldest female has had three tumors on her right back foot. I had one of them removed and the other two are still there. They are not cancerous and aren't growing (thank God) so I've decided to leave them alone.

Honey, my youngest has one on her neck. Again, not cancerous and not growing so it hasn't presented a problem.

These tumors or bumps are often called, "Bully bumps." From the name, I'd say they are fairly common in the breed.

Of course I'm not an expert and I can't seem to find any of the web sites I had bookmarked about common health problems with the breed. If anyone else has any links I would apperciate it if you posted them.


Postby blover27 » Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:21 pm

I have no info for you but I just wanted to say I am very sorry for your loss

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