A histiocytoma is a benign skin tumor that may be seen in dogs, but the term histiocytoma is more frequently used to describe hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcoma is a cancerous growth of the blood vessels (which are also called histiocytes), whereas this article is about a type of benign skin tumor that may also be called a histiocytoma.
Histiocytoma is another word for a benign tumor of the skin.
Histiocytomas are benign, non-cancerous tumors that form in the skin. They consist of cells called histiocytes, which are immune system cells that help protect you against infections. Histiocytoma is another word for a benign tumor of the skin.
Histiocytomas are typically small and round or oval in shape, but they can also be large and irregularly shaped. The color varies from pink to red to white, depending on how much blood vessels there are within it (which depends on its location). These growths usually develop at sites where hair follicles meet with sebaceous glands or sweat glands (which produce oil), so you’re most likely to find them on your head or face!
You may notice your dog licking at his ears more than usual because it can sometimes itch—just like an ingrown hair might do in humans!
The histiocytoma usually looks like a dome-shaped bump on the skin that can be as large as 1 inch or more in diameter.
The histiocytoma usually looks like a dome-shaped bump on the skin that can be as large as 1 inch or more in diameter. It can be red, pink, or flesh-colored and is usually found on the head or back of your dog. The size of this tumor depends on where it’s located; for example, if it’s near the eye, then it will likely be smaller than if it was located near their tail.
The location of these bumps may vary depending on what part of the body they’re found; however, most are commonly found along your dog’s spine or neck area because these spots contain many nerves that supply skin with nutrients from nearby blood vessels (called vascularization).
Benign growths on the skin are not a problem and do not become cancerous.
Benign growths on the skin are not a problem and do not become cancerous. You can have as many of these growths removed as you like, but they will likely come back. If your dog’s histiocytoma causes discomfort or pain, then it should be removed. If it is causing an aesthetic problem for you, then it should be removed (unless your dog is allergic to anything that might cause more swelling).
A histiocytoma can disappear on its own in a matter of weeks which is why some veterinarians don’t recommend treatment, but other vets prefer to remove them.
If your dog has a histiocytoma, it’s important to consult with a veterinarian before making treatment decisions. Some veterinarians will recommend not treating the tumor, as it can disappear on its own in a matter of weeks. However, other vets prefer to remove them because they can become cancerous if left untreated. Even though some vets won’t recommend treating the tumor itself, there are still many reasons why you might want to:
- Removing it could prevent it from growing back
- Removing it could prevent cancer from developing
- The tumor may be painful and uncomfortable for your dog
The removal, diagnosis and treatment of this type of benign skin tumor is considered elective surgery and may or may not be covered by pet insurance.
Tumors are removed by a vet. The removal, diagnosis and treatment of this type of benign skin tumor is considered elective surgery and may or may not be covered by pet insurance. Options for the removal include surgical excision, laser surgery and cryosurgery in combination with one another or other techniques.
In summary, histiocytomas are common in young dogs, easily identified by a red to pink bump on the skin. These growths can disappear on their own and do not need treatment. If you want your dog’s histiocytoma removed, consult with your veterinarian about how best to manage this benign tumor.