Small bump above dog's right eye
by Allen Steffler
(Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Back in September 2011, we noticed a very small, somewhat hard pimple like bump about 1.5" above our dog's right eye. The bump is approximately 1/8" in diameter (or even less) and has not changed in size or colour. I would describe the bump as almost identical in colour to the surrounding skin and it certainly does not look irritated or inflamed in any way.
Quinton is a chocolate brown poodle/chinese crested mix, is neutered, and weighs about 14 pounds. He eats very healthy, and due to a few minor urinary issues in early 2011 he is on a steady diet of Hills Canine C/D food and treats.
The bump does not appear to bother him at all, but because I was concerned I did take him to the vet I usually go to. They are a very good vet and very reasonable, but quite honestly I was not sure what to make of their recommendation.
They said they did not know exactly what the bump was, but that we should consider having it removed by surgery. Quinton is an extremely healthy and active dog of about 7 years old, but I still did not want to put him through the trauma of surgery based on speculation.
I waited several weeks to see if the bump had changed at all and it had not. I then decided to take him for s second opinion in October 2011 at a vet I have gone to only once. They also said they did not know for sure what it was and also recommended having it removed and as a follow up having the removed tissue tested, etc.
Although surgery at either vet would be fairly costly, my reluctance to follow through with this procedure is not at all related to the costs.
Quinton is a part of my family and I will ultimately do whatever is best for him. I simply did not want to jump into putting him through the trauma of surgery without having all of the facts. To date, the bump has still never changed in size, shape, or colour and it does not appear to bother him in any way.
I have attached the above photo for your review in hopes of receiving further recommendations of what our options may be, holistic or otherwise.
P.S. As a side note, I have some Wartsoff ointment for dogs, but at this point have not applied it to this bump. Do you feel it is safe to try a small amount of it on Quinton for a short period of time?
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