Pink and Red Oozing Growth with Small Round Bumps Inside Dog's Ear
Herbie, left ear growth
At my dog Herbie's last grooming they noticed a growth in his left hear near the opening to the ear canal. It was not noticed at the previous grooming which was in June, so it must have formed since then.
The growth is about the size of a Lima bean. The base is pink and flesh-like but the top is red with small round bumps that look like a red raspberry. It oozes slightly and a black crust forms on the surface that is easily removed.
It does not appear to bother him as he pays no attention to his ear.
Herbie is approximately four years old (rescued stray). He is a Corgi mix with long white fur.
We live in the city so he does not get much exercise...one walk per day on most days. He eats Beneful dry dog food.
My vet says it could be a wart or cancer but says he will have to remove it under anesthesia in order to tell and that will cost about $450. I am disabled and can't afford that kind of money unless it's really necessary.
My question (my vet has not yet answered) is whether or not there are some preliminary, less costly things we can try? Can we treat it with OTC drugs as a wart and see if it responds? If not, couldn't a biopsy be done without general anesthesia?
The photo attached is not in good focus. It was hard to hold him and work the camera.
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