Hi Dr. Matt. I have an 11 yr old female german shepherd
She has been on prednisolone 5 mg (2/day) for about 6 years now due to skin problems.
About a year ago she started to develop a mass on her left side just in front of her left hip. The vet said is was a tumor and wanted to do surgery to remove it. I decided not to get surgery as vet did not tell me if it was cancer or what kind of tumor it was. I asked why and she said it would cost just as much to tell me what is was than it would just to remove it.
So I decided to wait (to take her to another vet) until her diarrhea cleared up (was also being treated for that but medication wasn't working so I put her on probiotics which has finally cleared up her diarrhea).
Anyway, so it's a year later and the mass is about 4 inches in diameter. A few days ago it burst and was bleeding
from 3 different spots.
I have been cleaning with anti bacterical soap. spraying lightly with Betagen (which I had for her skin problems) and bandaging twice a day.
Now two of the holes have closed but one has become larger and the tissue? fatty? is coming out of the hole. The blood has pretty much stopped. The color of the stuff coming out of the hole is kind of a brownish gray. It doesn't smell. It isn't watery. It's a thick consistency and I have to pull on it to get the part that came out of the hole to separate (come off/apart from the stuff inside.
I took her to the vet before all this happened (about 3 months) ago and she said "she is a bumpy girl" and gave me a large amount of pain killers. She said she wouldn't recommend surgery due to her age and overall health.
Right now she acts happy and is alert. Eats and drinks and sleeps well.
I don't think the tumor/sist? bothers her as many times she sleeps on that side (which cause more of the mass to come out of the hole which is about 1/2 inch in diameter now).
Am I doing the right thing in treating this myself with the products I have? Is there any chance the stuff inside will reduce enough so that the hole will close up and heal?
Thank you for your time and help!
I am trying hard to keep her pain free and dressing her wound to insure that it doesn't get infected. I just don't know what else I can/should be doing.