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This is Dr. KV. Can you upload a picture of Dallas' lump?
Would it be possible to take another picture of the area now?
It may be a type of growth that commonly occurs in older dogs called a sebaceous adenoma. It is difficult to see in the picture, but that would be my best guess.
That is actually a very good picture. I would keep this area clean and look for any recurrence of the original growth. If something does grow back, then that fits with an adenoma. Adenomas are benign growths, so surgery is not necessary unless it is bothering Dallas. Your vet would be able to determine if this is what it is by doing a small biopsy with a local anesthetic.
No problem with all the questions...that is what I'm here for! :)
Yes, keeping it clean and monitoring for recurrence is a good idea. No need for neosporin, he will be more likely to be bothered by that and we don't want him to lick it off.
Sometimes growths like these get flaky and fall off on their own.
He may be better at the vet than you would expect. It never hurts to try. Vets and vet assistants have ways to calm and handle nervous dogs. They may muzzle him, but sedation is not always necessary. It is also very important to get him examined since he is getting older, to ensure he is healthy.
The vet may be able to answer more questions during the exam...exams run anywhere from $30 to $65 depending on where you live. Look online for coupons on yelp or groupon...many vets post on those websites and that could save a lot of money.
If a trip in to a vet does not work out, there are excellent mobile vets that can do house calls. This can be less stressful for some dogs.
Please feel free to reach out if I can assist you further.
Yes, a warm wet wash cloth...you can just hold it there for a couple minutes.