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Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea

by Irene G.
(Ireland)





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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Jan 10, 2015
Image missing
by: Irene G

Re image above, two images are the same. I'm pretty sure there is another image of CoCo's lump, and it's the best one. Please check your system to make diagnosis easier. thank you.

Jan 11, 2015
My Online Vet Response For: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

December 11, 2015

Hi Irene,
From the photos of the lump that Coco has in her armpit, (axilla) area, it looks like she causes it to bleed by licking it, rather than it spontaneously bleeding. And since it has been growing slowly, over 6 months, I suspect it may be a benign growth. Although, the more she licks and irritates it, she may cause it to become infected, and that will cause problems, and discomfort, especially where it is located!

So, I agree with your veterinarian's opinion, to just monitor it for now. In the meantime, she has a few other issues that should be dealt with, and we should just use some Rescue Remedy on the lump while we clear up her nervous behavior, fear of thunderstorms/loud noises, hate for smaller female dogs, and her chronic diarrhea first.

1. For the Lump in her armpit:
Use the ORAL Rescue Remedy for humans, dilute 20 drops into 2-3 oz of Spring Water, and apply it topically (you can put it into a pump spray bottle and spray it on) or apply it with a cotton ball or gauze, or just drip it on with an eye dropper. You can do this 3-6 times daily. You cannot 'overdose' her!

2. Chronic Diarrhea:
Continue her same diet.

Although, you might consider alternating from the raw beef, to some raw chicken, or raw turkey. And add in some cooked yams with the potatoes, with some cooked green beans.

Supplement with a good vitamin/mineral supplement, such as Standard Process, Canine Whole Body Support.

If she weighs 40 lbs she should have 700 calories per day, or 350 per meal TWO times daily.

If she weighs 50 lbs she needs 850 calories per day, or 425 calories TWO times daily.

For 60lbs she needs almost 1,000 calories per day or 500 calories per meal TWO times daily.

You wrote,
"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."

Has she had a blood panel done to make sure she does not have any deficiencies?

Supplement her with acidophilus in each meal. Use the Acidophilus in a capsule form, open one capsule and sprinkle into her food two times daily.

From the color of her stool, I am really suspicious that she may have a pancreatic enzyme deficiency, but from her photo she does not look underweight. So, for now, just use the Acidophilus. Stop the Belladonna, and use Phosphorus 12C, TWO times daily for the next 3-4 weeks. You can give her one pellet by mouth two times daily, or dissolve one pellet into a 2 oz dropper bottle, fill with Spring Water, and give her 1/2 dropperful by mouth TWO times daily for 3-4 weeks.

3. Fear of thunderstorms, loud noises, nervous behaviour:
Stop the Aconite.

Give the Phosphorus as directed above.

Give her some of the Rescue Remedy, (in the diluted form, NOT straight from the bottle), 2-3 drops in her water bowl, TWO times daily or by mouth TWO times daily for the next 3-4 weeks.

She can also take the Rescue Remedy as often as needed, during times of stress/thunderstorm, female dogs around, shouting, etc.


To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 12, 2015
Re CoCo Evaluation - 12 JAN 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you Dr. Jean, I will put all of the above in place and revert to you in about 3 weeks. V. Happy and so will CoCo be! Irene G.

Jan 13, 2015
red lump and diarrhea
by: jag0051

I don't know anything about the red lump but I do know about dogs with diarrhea. I would get a can of pumpkin... not pumpkin pie filling just plain old pumpkin. I would add a heaping tablespoon with each meal. It's full of vitamins and it really helps with diarrhea. it certainly wouldn't hurt to give it a try good luck.

Jan 14, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

January 14, 2015

Dear JAG0051,
Regarding your comment:
"...about dogs with diarrhea. I would get a can of pumpkin..."

Pumpkin is more effective for constipation, in my experience, than it is for diarrhea. Although, in some cases it can help diarrhea. It depends on the cause of the diarrhea.

Thanks for your posting!

Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 21, 2015
CoCo Update - 21 Jan 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Dr. Tillman, Since your evaluation on CoCo 12 Jan 2015:

I had to order the 12C Phosphorus, which arrived 19 Jan, two days ago. In the meantime I have done all that you recommended. I also gave her just two doses of 30c Phos, which I had.

Two days ago I started the 12c Phos, twice daily. I am getting very mixed results from CoCo. On one hand she is very very calm, sleeping well, (Much calmer than normal). On three walks, in the past two days, she was very agressive with other dogs. (two new ones in the neighbourhood, both females) and our other dog. CoCo took a normal playing moment with him and turned it agressive. Luckily she was supervised on all three occasions.

I know homeopathics can sometimes heighten problems before they solve them. But just wanted to check this out with you.

Thanks so much, Irene G.
PS: I hope this is the way to submit another question to you.

Jan 21, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit and Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

January 21,2015

Hi Irene,
I did not know you had Phosphorus in a 30C potency already. Otherwise, I would not have had you give it in 12C potency.

You wrote, on January 12, that you gave her two doses of Phos 30C, and then 2 days ago Jan 19, you started her on Phosphorus 12C. And now she seems to have had an 'aggravation' in symptoms, especially in behavior. Please stop the Phosphorus 12C. We need to let her vital force 'calm' down a bit and sort things out, before putting her under the influence of any more homeopathics for now!

Send me an update in one week. About her behavior, the lump in her armpit, and how her stool is doing.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 22, 2015
Re CoCo - as at 22 Jan 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you Dr. C - will do...and get back in a week.

Jan 28, 2015
Update CoCo - 28 Jan 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Dr. C.
The past week with Coco: Her stools have improved, more formed, for the past three days. But this has also happened before and then she reverted back to diarrhea, but I am hoping it is going in the right direction. My feeling is the Acidophilus is working. She is also getting 2 x Vit tabs a day - 1 each meal.

Unfortunately, the wart is a BIG problem. I took more images but I can't upload them (it seems??) it has definately got worse. It was a week of hell (for her and me) I tried everything, Rescue Remedy / Castor Oil / Vit E Oil / Apple Cider Vinegar. What i think all of them did was to bring attention to her and made her lick the wart, sometimes incessantly, only stopping when I am around to constantly remind her. Night time she obviously gets at it. If I put a collar on her she scratches it with her hind leg.

I tried bandaging, but because of the location it was next to impossible to stay on. Only today did I have some result by tying it also around her stomach.

But in my opinion it has increased in size, and was bleeding overnight and today quite a lot. It would be really good if I could upload the images.

It would seem a topical solution is not a solution. I have ordered Psorinoheel, Oral Drops, seems to be a possible cure for warts - I would greatly value your opinion.

I have also ordered Rx Vitamins for Pets, Immuo Support - again seems to be a good one used in conjunction with the Psorinoheel. I am catious the Vit supplement I am giving her, given it's a 'western medicine' tablet is either laced with meal or something that is not good for her and this is not totally boosting her system. Immuno Support is totally vegetarian. What do you think?

I also increased her food intake slightly to see would she put on weight, and she did.

Her energy is still good, still running, good appetite, but the bandages and the wart are beginning to depress her.

She has had no futher interaction with the neighbours' dogs, nothing with our other dog either, so can't really comment on the agression. But agression with other female bitches is something that is an ongoing thing.

Please help, what should I do from here?
Thank you, Irene




Jan 28, 2015
PS: CoCo as at 28 Jan 2015
by: Irene G.

PS: CoCo has had no homeopathic remedies since our previous communication.

Jan 28, 2015
PPS: CoCo - 28 Jan 2015
by: Irene G.

PPS: I forgot to say I could not purchase the Standard Press Vit tabs you recommended, she is currently on one from my local vet.

Jan 30, 2015
My Online Vet Response For: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

January 30, 2015

Hi Irene,
Would CoCo tolerate wearing a sweatshirt, with the sleeves cut off just past her elbows?

This would be thick enough she would not be able to scratch through it, and most dogs tolerate 'clothes' better than bandages.

See if you can pick up some Styptic Powder. The same thing used to stop the bleeding if you cut a dog's toenail too short. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean the lump, then use the styptic powder to stop the bleeding. Although, if she is wearing the sweatshirt, that might help prevent more self-trauma.

I agree, applying any topical salve or liquid to the lump will draw her attention to it. For now, no need to repeat any of the Phosphorus unless she relapses with diarrhea.

You wrote,
"I could not purchase the Standard Press Vit tabs you recommended, she is currently on one from my local vet."
That should be fine.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 30, 2015
CoCo 30 JAn 2015
by: Irene G

Thanknyou, Dr T.

What about the Psorinheel? I started her on it yesterday when it arrived. She has becom v calm, sleeping a lot. How much should I give her, and for how long? Thank you, , Irene

Jan 30, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit and Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

January 30, 2015

Hi Irene,
Stop the Psorinheel. It is a combination remedy. Her Vital Force does not know what to do with Bufo, Sulphur, Thuya and all the other ingredients coming at her, while she is still under the influence of the Phosphorus!

She actually may need a *higher* potency of the phosphorus to help her emotional level, but not right now. Her system is sorting things out, and that is usually seen by things coming out on the surface of the body.

So, stop the Psorinheel. Get a sweatshirt for her to wear. Use Styptic powder to stop any bleeding, do NOT give her any more Phosphorus. If she has a relapse with the diarrhea, report back to me. We will need to discuss if she needs 30C or a higher potency.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 30, 2015
CoCo
by: Irene G

Thank you Dr. T. I'll stop it immediately....and do as you say. Thank u, today her poos we're still regular. Bye for now, i

Feb 11, 2015
CoCo Update 11 Feb 2015
by: Irene G.

Hello Dr. T. Update on Coco as follows. Since our previous correspondance she has been on no meds, not even Rescue Remedy. The lump has been treated 3 x daily with Hydrogen Peroxide and the powder you mentioned. She has been wearing sweat shirts all the time, unable to scratch or lick it.

There is perhaps a very slight improvement in the lump. The bleeding has decreased. The lump is definately bigger than our first correspondence, perhaps twice the size. It looks the same only bigger. Pink base with red raw top. There are fewer ulcer type looking lumps in the red part. There is now a serious smell of ammonia from it, quite awful. It weeps a lot. I have to change her tee shirts 3 times a day.

On 28th Jan when I corresponded last, and had given her the Priosheel, 3 x doses, in 1 day. She then went into depression and slept for about 7 days. She continued eating, walking/running as normal, but then would go straight back to sleep. Very unusual for her. For the past 4/5 days she has been normal again.

Her appetite continues to be good. Her diarrhea returned this afternoon. Her bowel movements have been very good up to this, formed poos, morning and evening. In the past It has ususally been the afternoon poos that are Diarrhea, and it seems she is back to them.

We have met one of the neighbour dogs, both dogs on leads, and initially CoCo snarled with raised back fur. I coxed her and she relaxed, able to sniff the pup without agression. I still would not her to meet this pup on her own!


I look forward to your response Dr. T, and what to do next. Thank you, Irene

Feb 11, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

February 11, 2015

Hi Irene,
Please give Coco one dose of the Phosphorus 30C ONE time.

Regarding her stool, you wrote,
"Her diarrhea returned this afternoon. Her bowel movements have been very good up to this, formed poos, morning and evening. In the past It has usually been the afternoon poos that are Diarrhea, and it seems she is back to them."

This indicates she needs another dose of the remedy.

Regarding the lump, you wrote,
"slight improvement in the lump.
The bleeding has decreased.
The lump is definitely bigger...
Pink base with red raw top. There are fewer ulcer type looking lumps in the red part.

There is now a serious smell of ammonia from it... It weeps a lot."

I am not sure where the ammonia smell is coming from. But continue to change the T-shirts, in order to keep the area clean and dry.

But this indicates she needs another dose.

Regarding behaviour, you wrote,
"met one of the neighbour dogs, both dogs on leads, and initially CoCo snarled with raised back fur. I coxed her and she relaxed, able to sniff the pup without aggression. I still would not her to meet this pup on her own!"

Indicates she needs another dose, and perhaps a higher potency on next evaluation.

Please report back in about 3 weeks with an update, sooner if any problems!

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Feb 11, 2015
RE CoCo
by: Irene G.

Thank you, will instigate and revert back. Irene

Mar 02, 2015
Coco update 2 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Cr. T. It's 19 days since we last communicated re CoCo.

I gave CoCo the one dose 30C of Phosphorus. Following this she slept a lot, the 2nd day after dose was agressive on walk, fur up a lot barking. Her lump got very hot, v itchy, she was trying to scratch it with hind leg, something she had not done in previous weeks.

Two days later she threw up her breakfast. Few days after this she seemed to calm. Was less nervous and didn't mind a rubgy match with the cheers and shouting - something she previously cowered in a corner over.

Her poos have remained formed. I don't always see her afternoon poos, which are the acid test ones, but her morning ones are much more formed than ever before.

The lump I have kept clean. It is huge now, probably 3 times the size of the original image. Has sort of little ulcers on it, cannot seem to heal this.

For the last 3 days CoCo has been really really depressed. Just sleeping, eating but not really interested, walking but not really interested. Today she seemed a little more interested. The lump bothers her a lot. It smells just awful. I keep the T-Shirts on her 24/7, changing them 3 times a day.

She has been very edgy and agressive in the past few days as well. With dogs, and also with me. I know she would never turn on me or bite me, but she is just edgy with a nervous look in her eye, especially when I marched her away (on a lead) from a bitch that she would have attached had I not intervened.

I really feel we need to address the lump. Should I take her to the vet? Should it be removed because there is definately NO sign of improvement. It is now so big it rubs off her chest area.

I am really beginning to believe that CoCo is a nervous dog with an attitude towards bitches that will never really go away. Perhaps she is more cautious because the lump is really bothering her.

What do you think? I need your help here please to bring about healing, and should I bring her to the Vet to obviously remove the lump?

Thank you. Irene G.

Mar 02, 2015
PS: CoCo update 2 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

PS: The lump is constantly weeping, and bleeds. Not perfusive bleeding, but bleeding.

Thanks Irene

Mar 02, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 2, 2015

Hi Irene,
Coco is still responding to the one dose of Phosphorus 30C given Feb 11, 19 days ago. She is showing improvement, with her formed stool, and on the mental and emotional levels, to a small extent only because the Phosphorus is such a low potency. We will need to increase to much higher 'M' potencies to address her emotional state, (anger at other female dogs!) at a later time.

At this time, I understand that the size of her lump and the ongoing bleeding and oozing is a big concern, and there is the temptation to just surgically remove it. That would NOT be a wise decision. If you wish to continue with homeopathic treatment, the lump needs to remain.

This lump represents her body *exteriorizing* her symptoms. Keeping it clean, changing her T-shirts/sweatshirts 3 times a day, is a lot of work, but over the next 3 weeks, I predict that there will be a lessening in the smell, discharge and any discomfort. If her stool starts to get loose again, then she may need another dose of the Phosphorus 30C or that may be the point to give her a dose of the Phosphorus 200C.

If you have a 'local' holistic veterinarian, they could also give you a second opinion on what to do. But, I feel that the remedy Phosphorus is correct, and her body has a lot of re-adjusting to sort things out to get her back into balance and become healthy! You mentioned that she had the diarrhea for a year, her emotional 'aggression' toward other female dogs has been since puppyhood, and the lump has been present for several months now. Please hang in there and wait another 3-6 weeks.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 02, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 2, 2015

Hi Irene,
Regarding Coco's behavior, I may have been remiss in not suggesting you check out some excellent sites regarding behavior modification for aggressive behavior between dogs.

Dr Ian Dunbar, http://www.dogstardaily.com/taxonomy/term/125

Dr. Sophia Yin, http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/new-dvd-dog-aggression-from-fearful-reactive-or-hyperactive-to-focused-happ

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 02, 2015
Response re Coco 2 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you Dr. T. I will wait the 3-6 weeks, and continue as directed. I so don't want a western Vet and utimately surgery. I won't consult another holistic vet, (rare anyway in Ireland, if any) but I will certainly check out the websites you recommended regarding agressive behaviour.

I will check back with you if the stools go back to a loose matter, before I administer another or an increased dose of Phosphorus.

One more question please. Do you think the lump will just decrease and vanish, or will Coco need another remedy for it? It takes about 10 days for me to receive remedies by post, so I want to be in a position to get them ahead of time to give them to her.

Thank you, much appreciated.
Irene

Mar 02, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 2, 2015

Hi Irene,
You wrote,
" I will wait the 3-6 weeks, and continue as directed....I will check back with you if the stools go back to a loose matter, before I administer another or an increased dose of Phosphorus."

Great!

You wrote,
"I will certainly check out the websites you recommended regarding aggressive behaviour."
Yes, both veterinarians have a lot of wonderful information.

You wrote,

"One more question please. Do you think the lump will just decrease and vanish, or will Coco need another remedy for it?"

That is hard to say, as I cannot see the future! But I suspect that another remedy may be needed.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 24, 2015
CoCo update 24 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Hello Dr. T. It is now 22 days since we last spoke about CoCo. Her stools are formed and consistant, which is good news. Nothing dramatic to report in the stomack department. I give her the 2 x Mineral pills daily, 2 x Acidophlis daily, raw beef and boiled potatoe x 2 daily. All seems good.

Not so the lump on her leg. It is probably a bit bigger. Now measuring 2 inches x 1.5 inches. It is clean, but always has 2/3 delicate spots that bleed and weep. The lump is now impeding her walking slightly, it is sore. Colour pink. It is very very flabby, hanging down now and rubbing against her chest.

What can we do to fix it now, I would really like to more forward and address this lump. I am going to be away a lot this summer and will have to rely on others to take care of it, which they won't do like I do. I am concerned. thank you.


Mar 25, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 25, 2015

Hi Irene,

Phosphorus 30C given Jan 12
Phosphorus 30C given Feb 11

Coco may be due for a third dose of the Phosphorus 30C. But before you give it, I have some questions.

Jan 11, the first posting you wrote,
"Overall she can be a nervous dog. Loud noises really upset her. Thunder/Fireworks/Shouting. Becomes inward, shakes and takes cover in a corner."
On March 2 you wrote,
"CoCo has been really really depressed. Just sleeping, eating but not really interested, walking but not really interested. Today she seemed a little more interested. The lump bothers her a lot. It smells just awful. I keep the T-Shirts on her 24/7, changing them 3 times a day.

She has been very edgy and aggressive in the past few days as well. With dogs, and also with me. I know she would never turn on me or bite me, but she is just edgy with a nervous look in her eye, especially when I marched her away (on a lead) from a bitch that she would have attacked had I not intervened."

Now, you wrote,

"Her stools are formed and consistent... Nothing dramatic to report in the stomach department.... All seems good.

Not so the lump on her leg. It is probably a bit bigger. Now measuring 2 inches x 1.5 inches. It is clean, but always has 2/3 delicate spots that bleed and weep. The lump is now impeding her walking slightly, it is sore. Colour pink. It is very very flabby, hanging down now and rubbing against her chest."

Here are my questions:
*BEHAVIOR*
How is her attitude? Is she still depressed? Is she edgy and aggressive? (toward people and other dogs?) Is she still fearful of loud noises, does she cower in a corner?

*DIGESTION*
Does she still eat grass? Does she still eat wood bark or seaweed?

LUMP:
Does the lump still smell bad? Is it bleeding as much as it was in the beginning when it was smaller? Is she still trying to lick it alot?

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 25, 2015
CoCo update 25 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Dr. T. Re your questions re CoCo's behaviour etc.

I would say her overall attitude is a little better. She has not been depressed (except below) since her last bout, when we wrote 22 days ago. In that time she has been agressive to two dogs. One she chased agressively, then came back to me. Another, next door, who is also a very agressive little bitch, and both of them hate each other, and have fought before. The other bitch ran out her gate when we were passing, and the two of them fought like cats and dogs. Because Coco is stronger and younger, she was winning. It was awful, they had to be separated. No damage done, just a slight tear to the ear of the other dog. These two dogs have hated one another for years. After this episode she was very upset, got depressed, stayed in her basket for 2 days. Was mournful.

She reaction has definately improved re loud noises. Not cowering in a corner, mostly ignoring them. She has also stayed more independent, not needing to sleep on her 'living room' bed in the evenings, but choosing to sleep in the hall on her other bed. This is new, and more independent.

This morning, she was not in good form. All trembling when she woke, didn't want to leave her basket. This has happened before, but not of late. It's like she's stuck in a mode and can't get out of it. When I encourage her to leave the basket she is fine, wagging her tail. I fed her, she immediately went back to bed and trembled again. I got her out of the basket again and kept rubbing her (for quite a while) the trembling stopped. She has not gone happily for her morning walk, all happy again.

She is still eating lots of grass, bark and seaweed. This habit has maybe increased in the last 2 weeks, back to what it was previously. Definately did slow somewhat for a while.

The lump is really bothering her, over the past three days she is 'shaking' her leg out as she walks, and is walking showing that it is bothering her. When I try to lift her leg to apply the HP and powder she is backing away - she has never done this before. She is trying to lick it more as well. The lump is also weeping more this week than in previous weeks, nearly back to the beginning whereas it did impove greatly in this department.

The lump smells, but not quite as much. The bleeding is because the delicate skin is so thin it tears so easily. She is still wearing the sweat shirts, but when we walk (with no shirts) she can get at it, although we instantly stop her. It's just impossilbe to monitor her all the time. She will lick it at every possible moment, it really really bothers her. Even when I am changing her sweat shirts she is constantly trying to get at it. The bleeding is not as much as it was in the beginning, because overall the lump has definately got better in terms of overall 'quality' - the skin is pink, before it was roaring red. It's now about 5/6 times the original size when we first spoke, flabby, heavy, just yuck. I thought I felt that the consistency of the lump was more 'hollow' for a while, whereas previously it was a swollen feeling. But now I dont' know, it feels more swollen again.

I think both the dog and I need a big fix! Can you let me know what you think the prognosis is please. I really need help here.

Thank you, Irene

Mar 25, 2015
My Online Vet Response For: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit and Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 25, 2015

Hi Irene

Phosphorus 30C given Jan 12
Phosphorus 30C given Feb 11

At this time give her another dose of the Phosphorus 30C.

It appears that her digestive tract is healing, she has formed stool, but since she still eats grass, wood bark, etc she needs to improve more.

Her attitude is also improved toward loud noises, but she still needs more emotional stability in social situations.

And the lump will be the last to improve since it is on the outside. I know that is what you want to improve first, but the body does not heal that way. Hering's Law of Cures says the body heals in response to homeopathic remedies, from inside out, from top to bottom, and from front to back.

(Actually for emotional and mental states, we will need to increase tho potency quite high.)

For now, just repeat the 30C Phosphorus. And see if you can order some 100C or 200C Phosphorus. It may take 2-3 weeks to receive it, during which time I want to know how she is responding to this third dose of 30C.

Do you have the Rescue Remedy to give her? That will not interfere with the action of the remedy, and you can give it as often as needed (when she goes back to her basket, when she is shaking her leg because the lump is there, when she is going for some grass or wood bark to eat, and some before each meal, to 'calm' her digestion).

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Mar 25, 2015
Coco update 25 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you Dr. T.

I actually have 1 pill of Phos 200.
Will I give this to Coco now, instead of the 30c?

thank you, Irene

Mar 25, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 25, 2015

Phosphorus 30C given Jan 12
Phosphorus 30C given Feb 11

Hi Irene,
That is great you have the 200C potency, but just give Coco a 30C potency at this time.


This will be her third dose, and I would like to see how she responds to it over the next 2-3 weeks.


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Mar 26, 2015
CoCo update 26 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you Dr. T. Really appreciated. Will do as instructed. Irene

Mar 28, 2015
URGENT RE CoCo Update 28 Mar 2015
by: Irene G

Hi Dr. T. I gave CoCo the Phos 200c 48 hours ago. She is seriously depressed again. Her leg is bothering her more than ever, and the top of her left leg (the leg with her lump) is swollen. I am seriously worried. She is laragetic, not interested, because the lump has got so big she is able to get at it and lick it under the arm of the t-shirts. I now have to keep a mussle on her to protect the lumpm which is obviously very uncomfortable.

Please tell me what is going on. thank you, Irene

Mar 29, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 28,2015

Oh No, Irene,
Coco was not ready to jump up to the 200C Phosphorus yet. I only wanted you to give her ONE dose of the Phosphorus 30C now.

She is having an ***aggravation*** to the higher potency.

It will need to be antidoted.

Give her one dose of Phosphorus 12C every 8 hours for the next 3 days.

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Mar 29, 2015
CoCo update - wrong previous info! 29 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Dr. T.

So sorry, I said previously I had given CoCo the Phos 200c, I didn't, really, I gave her the 30c dose. I was rushed when I wrote that.

Now 24 hours later: she is probably not quite as depressed, at least showing some sign of tail wagging, at intervals. She just wants to lick her lump all the time. She now has a muzzle on 24 hours. She actually does not mind this, I got her used to it as a pup. She even sleeps in it. Giving her water regularly and started the rescue remedy this am.

She got at the lump by learning how to put her nose up the sleeve of the t-shirs (was wearing two with long loose sleeves just above her knees) the sweat shirts are just too hot...and it is now bleeding more than for the past 5 weeks. I am bathing it in hot water, holding the water on it for a long time, she like this, it obviously sooths it. Then putting a paste of Castor Oil and Breadsoda on it.

Had her on the beach this morning (without muzzle) because obviously she gets distracted at beach. She was not shaking her leg out as much as in the past week, so maybe all is a little better. The upper swelling on leg is perhaps better, hard to say.

The vet I brought her too as a puppy is a Vetarinary Surgeon specialising in Skin, (just learnt that!) I am thinking that in a weeks time if the lump has not eased (I can't keep her in a muzzle for ever) that I really have to do something to address the lump. As mentioned, I am starting to travel a lot, and others just can't care for her I way I have to...it takes up an enormous amount of my day!

Thank you, Irene

Mar 29, 2015
CoCo update - wrong previous info! 29 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Hi Dr. T.

So sorry, I said previously I had given CoCo the Phos 200c, I didn't, really, I gave her the 30c dose. I was rushed when I wrote that.

Now 24 hours later: she is probably not quite as depressed, at least showing some sign of tail wagging, at intervals. She just wants to lick her lump all the time. She now has a muzzle on 24 hours. She actually does not mind this, I got her used to it as a pup. She even sleeps in it. Giving her water regularly and started the rescue remedy this am.

She got at the lump by learning how to put her nose up the sleeve of the t-shirs (was wearing two with long loose sleeves just above her knees) the sweat shirts are just too hot...and it is now bleeding more than for the past 5 weeks. I am bathing it in hot water, holding the water on it for a long time, she like this, it obviously sooths it. Then putting a paste of Castor Oil and Breadsoda on it.

Had her on the beach this morning (without muzzle) because obviously she gets distracted at beach. She was not shaking her leg out as much as in the past week, so maybe all is a little better. The upper swelling on leg is perhaps better, hard to say.

The vet I brought her too as a puppy is a Vetarinary Surgeon specialising in Skin, (just learnt that!) I am thinking that in a weeks time if the lump has not eased (I can't keep her in a muzzle for ever) that I really have to do something to address the lump. As mentioned, I am starting to travel a lot, and others just can't care for her I way I have to...it takes up an enormous amount of my day!

Thank you, Irene

Mar 29, 2015
My Online Vet Response For: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 29, 2015

Phosphorus 30C January 12, 2015
Phosphorus 30C February 11, 2015
Phosphorus 30C March 26, 2015

Hi Irene,
Whew!! Ok, glad to hear she only got the 30C. It did sound like an aggravation to her response after the dose. You will not need to antidote it, as it was not that high a potency, and from your description, she seems like she is a little better.
See the list above, of the dates she received the Phosphorus 30C? Perhaps she should have had a repeat of the dose around March 12-13, rather than waiting 2 weeks longer.

Although, if she still has pain and discomfort from this lump, you could give her one Baby aspirin (81mg) one time with food, to give her a little relief from the swelling.

Just one dose should not interfere too much with the action of the Phosphorus. And should not trigger any diarrhea.

Please send me an update in one week, before you take her to the veterinarian.

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Mar 30, 2015
CoCo update - update 30 Mar 2015
by: Irene G

Hi Dr. T. Thanks for your advice.

The poor little dog is so uncomfortable, she is getting manic from it, in serious distress, panting fast, getting hot. It has happened twice now, today much worse than yesterday. Running about shaking her leg, rubbing her head off the floor.

I supervise her and take the muzzle off. I bath it, she likes that, but afterwards it's a nightmare for her. Just had this manic session with her, lasted for 1.5 hours. I've put cold presses on her tummy, her ears, stroking her. Put covered ice on the lump. Finally some calm.

She trying to sleep now but can't get comfortable. Her rest only last 5 minutes before she wriggles and whines.

She's at her wits end, I'm at my wits end. I really need to take her to the vet, something serious seems to be happening. This as you know is the worst, the situation seems to be scaling upwards.

I am such a believer in homeopathics, not surgery. And I do know with time it probably would get better. But time is not on my side and the dog is in deep pain now. I hate to think what the vet will do and the subsequent consequences from surgery. I should have sought advice much sooner and would not be in this situation now.

I look forward to your comments. Thank you for all your help.

Mar 30, 2015
Coco 2nd update 30 Mar 2015
by: Irene G

Hi Dr. T. I just gave CoCo the 1 x 81mg aspirin with food and water, and total calm has kicked in. Phew. What an experience!

I will put off calling the vet for another few days and see what transpires. If I have to repeate the aspirin dose - would that be bad?

Thank you, Irene


Mar 31, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Red Lump on Dog's Armpit & Diarrhea
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

March 30, 2015

Hi Irene,

Coco received,
Phosphorus 30C January 12, 2015
Phosphorus 30C February 11, 2015
Phosphorus 30C March 26, 2015
1 baby aspirin given March 30, 2015

You wrote,
"If I have to repeat the aspirin dose - would that be bad?"

It might trigger more diarrhea. Or it might interfere with her response of healing. So, I would try to use Rescue Remedy, soaking the lump in water with Epsom salts, and layer her with (2) T-shirts or a long sleeve sweat shirt to prevent her from licking/chewing or scratching the lump.

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Mar 31, 2015
Coco update - 31 Mar 2015
by: Irene G.

Thank you so much Dr. T. She has calmed again, will update soon. Will use the Epsom salts as well, Irene

Apr 10, 2015
CoCo update 10 Apr 2015
by: Irene G.

Hello Dr. T. I brought CoCo to the vet this morning and he gave her a biopsy. He knows it is cancer.

The lump got so big and is bleeding so much she is really more and more uncomforable. The result of the biopsy will be back next week. The question is what sort of cancer - very possible a mast cell tumor, or perhaps a local cell tumor. He sedated her and then gave her an injection to come back out. She is home again and dozing.

He put stiches in the lump. I gave her some rescue remedy when we got home.

She now also has a yeast infection in her left ear. I noticed it getting really hot at night for the past week, she is scratching it a lot.

The vet also gave me steroids for her to ease the pain from the stiches - Prednisolone 5mg - to take 1.5 tabs daily. He started her on them today. He also put 6 x drops of Canaural in her ear, I have to continue this 2 x daily for 5 days.

Is there anything I should be doing now homeopathically to help her.

I will wait till next week to decide the course of action, but I can't afford to pay the vet fees for to remove a mast cell tumor - and I don't feel it's right to do this anyway.

It's so sad. Thanks for your help.

Irene

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