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Hi all,

This morning I was playing with my 9 month old Pug. Tons of energy and great appetite. But when I looked under his chin I noticed this tiny white growth the size of a "typical" pin head. Is sort of white. Hard. Not painful for him when I touched it. Not swollen. No redness around it. Looks like 3 tiny bulbs.

I Googled "lumps & bumps" on dogs. Sounds like maybe a "dental assess" or a wart (appear on the jaw of puppies).

Have any of you noticed this under the chin of your dogs ever? It's right at the bone of the lower jaw at one corner.

Might have to take him to the vet this week to get looked at. Dread. Costly vet bill..his first. :p Even if it would be for his own good. :p Haven't bought "pet insurance" yet. :p Should. If it's a wart...which I hope it is...it will go away on it's own I read.
 

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I'm a big believer of having medical pet insurance. We have had it for Samantha since we adopted her seven years ago. I can usually count on getting, if not all, most, of the premium returned during the course of the year. The one year she was so sick & we had to see an internist, I probably got three years worth of premiums returned. At this point, since all insurance companies I have checked with, will not cover anything pre-existing, you are probably out of luck as far as coverage for your pups current growth issue. Not liking big Vet bills, or for that matter any Vet bill, it is part of the responsibility of having a dog join your family. If you have any question of what is growing on his chin, its time to 'bite the bullet' and have him seen by your Vet.
 

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I'm a big believer of having medical pet insurance. We have had it for Samantha since we adopted her seven years ago. I can usually count on getting, if not all, most, of the premium returned during the course of the year. The one year she was so sick & we had to see an internist, I probably got three years worth of premiums returned. At this point, since all insurance companies I have checked with, will not cover anything pre-existing, you are probably out of luck as far as coverage for your pups current growth issue. Not liking big Vet bills, or for that matter any Vet bill, it is part of the responsibility of having a dog join your family. If you have any question of what is growing on his chin, its time to 'bite the bullet' and have him seen by your Vet.
I've owned 2 dogs previously. Both lived till almost 17 years of age. The 2nd dog I think lived closer to 17 years. Within days of turning 17 before he peacefully passed in his sleep.

When we had our first dog I'm not sure there was Pet INS in Canada. If there was our vets never mentioned it. Never asked if we had it. When we had our 2nd I think there were 2 or 3 companies. Now there are maybe 5 or 6? 3 popular ones.

When I had my 2nd dog I wished I had bought Pet INS because he had to have a bladder stone removed which costed me almost $2000.00. The kicker was I never saw the stone that was "removed" and he couldn't show me the x-ray of the stone on the projector but on a computer screen. Made me pause but trusted him. What could I have said? :)

As for this puppy...guess it's off to the vet ASAP. Even if he is looking very normal now. Hope it's nothing. Hate to have to consider exercising my 1-year warranty with my breeder...any medical condition if serious/genetic I can "return him" I think for a full refund. Last thing I'd want to do as we have bonded already. he knows this area so well. Treats it as his home. And I've never been one to throw in the towel under any circumstance. But I do have that option till at this point.
 

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I've owned 2 dogs previously. Both lived till almost 17 years of age. The 2nd dog I think lived closer to 17 years. Within days of turning 17 before he peacefully passed in his sleep.

When we had our first dog I'm not sure there was Pet INS in Canada. If there was our vets never mentioned it. Never asked if we had it. When we had our 2nd I think there were 2 or 3 companies. Now there are maybe 5 or 6? 3 popular ones.

When I had my 2nd dog I wished I had bought Pet INS because he had to have a bladder stone removed which costed me almost $2000.00. The kicker was I never saw the stone that was "removed" and he couldn't show me the x-ray of the stone on the projector but on a computer screen. Made me pause but trusted him. What could I have said? :)

As for this puppy...guess it's off to the vet ASAP. Even if he is looking very normal now. Hope it's nothing. Hate to have to consider exercising my 1-year warranty with my breeder...any medical condition if serious/genetic I can "return him" I think for a full refund. Last thing I'd want to do as we have bonded already. he knows this area so well. Treats it as his home. And I've never been one to throw in the towel under any circumstance. But I do have that option till at this point.
Okay but what exactly are you going to do if your "warranty" runs out and your pup ends up breaking a leg or getting hit by a car or developing one of the many genetic diseases pugs are prone to? Vet bills can be quite spendy and accidents don't wait for us to be ready. Earlier this year I threw a stick for cosmo and he jumped on top of it and it tore him open down to the muscle under his armpit near his chest. Total freak accident! Two days later we found our cat on our porch unable to move her hind legs and after an expensive X-ray we came to find she popped her hip out of place. She had so much tissue damage we were told to consider amputation and she's still in a sling! Over 700 dollars later and this was all in one month!

I'd consider the financial commitment a pet comes with before your "warranty" runs out as I'm concerned what will become of this dog if something that would have been treatable turns into a dog needing to be put to sleep due to lack of funds :(
 
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