Yellow Lab with Opened Lump
by Ryan H
Opened Lump - Photo 1
My dog is a VERY LUMPY DOG and has been since early on. He has only one lump that is "external" which just opened up. It is about 1.5 inches.
I noticed a couple weeks ago that a scab was forming on the top portion of it. He started tugging at it for a couple of days every now and then but then just pretty much left it alone for the last couple weeks. This morning it opened, he has been cleaning it as needed but has mostly left it alone. It's not bleeding much and appears to be scabbing up already.
He's as starving as he always is, ready to go for a walk, his fur coat is great and seems to have no symptoms of anything other than this nasty looking thing!
Is there anything I can/should do for it/him? Is there anything he can take, any special treatment, do I need to take him in or will he take care of it himself? He is terrified of the vet, and so am I... :0)
Male Yellow Lab, fixed, 11 years old, 78 lbs
Food: Homemade, twice daily; meat, veggies, fruit, brown rice, eggs, yams, etc.
Supplements once daily: glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil, colostrum and MAX3 (IP-6 & Inositol plus Maitake & Cat's Claw... started taking about 7 months ago)
Last vaccinations: Stopped giving after 7 years of age
Last vet visit: 6 months ago VCA's Senior Best Care Check-Up; complete history & physical exam, blood work (CBC + 30 tests), urinalysis, fecal, heartworm, blood pressure, x-rays (chest, abdomen). We also had them do cytology on all of his lumps including the one I am writing about today. Results of Senior Best Care Check-up plus cytology, "EVERYTHING LOOKS AWESOME!"
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