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Hi, this is Dr. KV. I'm here to help with Mr. Westley. Would you be able to upload a picture of his leg?
Ok, no problem. Is he taking any medications? Flea medicine?
Ok, does it look red?
Is he licking the area?
Ok, thank you for the additional. It is hard to say what this may be, as older dogs can get many lumps.
If he has many of these lumps, some are benign growths that can get irritated over time. Other lumps look red and irritated because they ulcerate and get inflamed spontaeously. Certain growths, such as mast cell tumors, can do this. It would be prudent to get Mr. Westley examined by your vet so that a diagnosis can be made. Your vet would be able to tell you if it is a cancerous vs benign growth.
I tend to avoid creams on dogs, as they usually will just lick off the cream before it can be helpful. There are some topical sprays and powders that your vet my stock which could be a better formulation. Another helpful tool is an elizabethan collar, or e-collar, or cone of shame...this block the licking temporarily which can be very helpful to break the habit. Most dogs do not like wearing these collars, but they are very helpful temporarily.
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