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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
May I ask how long ago you first noticed the lump and what color the discharge is she is leaking?
she has had the growth for several years but was small just in the last month it seems to have gotton bigger. the discharge is clear.
Is it on her belly towards the ground or closer to her chest where she might traumatize it by lying down? Is she able to lick the area?
It is positive sign that it has been present for a while and it sounds like a cyst with clear discharge. If you are able to keep her from licking it, use an oatmeal-based dog shampoo or ivory soap to gently clean it daily it should heal back up but unfortunately some dogs will constantly traumatize based on its location and continue to rupture so some of these that recur we do have to remove
on her belly right in the center and yes she can lick it
If she is a good dog, once it has healed and is small like a pea again with no redness/ irritation your vet should be able to try to remove it with a local anesthetic
If she is a little more sensitive it might require sedation and/ or general anesthesia to remove
If you have a t-shirt that would cover it so she cannot lick that would be idea
A dog's mouth is full of bacteria and if it is not infected her licking can cause increased inflammation and infection
So a t-shirt is usually a good way to deter the licking
But if it increases in redness, the discharge becomes red or yellow tinged then it is time to see your vet
You can also use benadryl at 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours to help with the itchiness as it heals. This might cause mild sedation
it does look red today but the discharge is still clear. will take her to the vet. thank you.
You are very welcome
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