Our 12 yr old lab x retriever has a lump over his eye. He was nipped by another dog a year ago and it just developed into a lump like a wart. vet said its fine as long as it doesn't grow. Harvey gets hot spots were he seems to run the hair off in spots until bleeds.. Breaks my heart. My H bathes them in warm salty water and then pops betadine on them seems to help...
Your girl is gorgeous
Some people might be grossed out.
Best photo I could get of it.
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The photo doesn't really do it justice. It looks a lot worse in person (or maybe just to me!?) but she didn't want me near it to take the photo so she was fidgeting.
Last edited by Hasselhoff; 28-08-2015 at 12:33.
I agree that it could be a hot spot. The first time our golden retriever had one (came up while camping) I freaked out completely and felt terrible. She seems to be prone to them though and often we miss the really early signs before we realise she is annoyed by it.
You sound like a great pet owner!
Our vet offered to remove the lump completely but both vets that looked at it (because they were intrigued) said she would need skin graphs and all that and Dp and I said no. She's been knocked out so many times already we won't have her go under again.
Looking at the photo it looks like a hotspot.
The best thing is to let the air get to it. So if you can borrow some clippers (or maybe buy a cheap pair as may come in handy again) then clip the fur until you get to normal skin (the area can be quite extensive and bigger than you think). Then bathe twice daily with gentle antiseptic such as hibiscrub or betadine (hopefully can buy from chemist). Pat the area dry and leave. There will probably be some secondary infection but if you can kee it clean and stop her getting to it it may clear up without antibiotics. Otherwise if it's not she will probably need an antibiotic cream.
Can you stop her chewing especially if you are not around as it will not clear up if she does lick it? If you have a buster collar that will do, maybe you can buy one from a pet shop?
As previous posters have said, there is often no obvious cause other than thick dense fur. Some dogs can have allergies and I know you mentions she's chews a bit in general. If so it might be worth discussing this with your vet in case other probs develop.
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