Sore / Growth on Dog's Nose Near Rattlesnake Bite
growth on nose near snake bite - photo #1
Our eight year old female German short hair/Lab mix dog was bitten by a baby rattlesnake this past June. After a long difficult recovery she seems to be back to her sweet, happy, active self.
Recently (maybe a month or two ago) she developed a spot on her nose the size of a dull pencil lead we believe near the most prominent fang bite. It doesn't seem to bother her and her demeanor hasn't changed, but after about a month the sore didn't seem to worsen or improve so I started putting neosporine on it for about a week with no improvement.
I then put a mixture of distilled water and grapefruit seed extract on it for a few days which seemed to dry it out but make it larger. I then dabbed tea tree oil (which I have since researched is toxic to dogs so not using it again)on it only a few times one day which turned it black so I took her to the vet the following day.
He glanced at the black spot, told me he didn't think it was related to the snake bite and told me he would charge me $200 more dollars to check for cancer. He didn't think it was anything to worry about because cancer wouldn't have reacted as it did to my treatments. He told me to just to keep neosporine on it and it should go away.
This was about three weeks ago. I have not used neosporine and only been treating it with the grapefruit seed extract a few times a day. Unfortunately, it is now the size of an eraser (which is worrying me) so I'm going to stop that treatment and wondering if castor oil, vitamin E and Vitamin C would help if it is a mole.
It is a pale pink color, round, and cauliflower looking.
Do you think from my description and pictures it is nothing to worry about as the vet dismissed or should I be more concerned it could be a mast cell or something that is more serious?
I have already looked into homeopathic vets and only found one in our state 1 1/2 hours away so that may not be an option. Thank you for your opinion on what the growth could be.
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