Spike is home and seems no worse for the wear, despite having a nasty looking hole on his right hock. Our wonderful Vet had trouble closing the hole and had to add some wire mesh to make up for missing skin. The best thing is - no cancer! Our Vet sent the wart off just to be sure, but he is 99% sure it was not cancer. Spike has been through the wringer today, all his shots, removal of the big wart and another smaller wart on his muzzle, teeth cleaned and he got what my Vet calls "a show cut" on his nails. I will not have to dremel his nails for weeks! He is doing amazingly well and, no e-collar for now...... thanks for all the well wishes. Funny how the silly, obsessive dogs worm they way into your heart. We never intended to get Spike. Our crazy neighbors had several Pit Bulls. One day the cutest little white puppy with blue merle spots just appeared at their home. It became apparent to us pretty fast, he was being raised for bait. Spike, despite his treatment, always ran to the fence for us to pet. The final straw came when he got hit by a car and they refused to take him to the vet. This threw me into what I call "probation officer mode". I headed next door and told them what I thought. An hour later they brought Spike to us and he hasn't left my side since. That was over 8 years ago and I still get furious when I talk about it!