Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by Irene G.
Lump under armpit of dog's left front leg. Has it now 6 months, growing slightly all the time. She licks it, but stops when told. It seems to bleed slightly from licking.
CoCo - cross, half terrier, quarter lab, quarter spaniel. 6.5 years old. She is a mischievous dog, playful, and utterly obedent. she has a big personality and a huge capacity for language - about 50 words! Loves comfort.
Good energy, good coat, happy dog, good appetite. Big runner, fast runner. Lump does not seem to effect her in any way. Vet looked at it when smaller 4 months ago, said it was not connected to tissue, and just to keep an eye on it. Overall she can be a nervous dog. Loud noises really upset her.
Thunder/Fireworks/Shouting. Becomes inward, shakes and takes cover in a corner. She was a surviving pup in a litter of 3. Taken from the mother at 5 weeks. She hates smaller bitches, and can attack if not supervised. She eats grass like a cow. She also eats wood bark. She loves dried seaweed. (we live by the sea). Can't stop her eating any of these. Sometimes I put a muzzle on her in the bad periods of health).
I use homeopathics all the time. CoCo for over 12 months, has also had chronic diarrhea. Tried vets, no avail.
I don't want surgery. Changed her diet many times, finally now she is on raw food diet of beef and boiled potatoes, (twice daily) for over 7 months. While it hasn't changed the symptoms of diarrhea overall, she now has diarrhea in bouts. (moreso with diarrhea than not).
Sometimes ok for a few days, sometimes ok in morning, back to diarrhea in afternoon. Anus was very swollen and red. She went through bouts of licking and scratching herself consistently all over.
I put her on a dose of Belladonna 30c, one tablet per day, (given two out of three days) and have kept this routine for about 3 months. Scratching stopped. Anus just sometimes red now. Diarrhea still happening. Consitency changes - sometimes yellow colour, pure water. Sometimes cloudy and whiteish.
I also have her on a dose (one tablet, once per week) of Aconite 30c. This seems to help her nerves. When I give it to her she reacts by trembling a lot, then goes into a deep sleep, and acts strong (not nervous/chilled) for a week or so.
Will really value your help and feedback. Thank you.
The attached photos do not represent her personality, as she hated the flash on the camera - and was nervous of it. She is usually a bubbly dog with her tail wagging - when she is not nervous!
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