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Is that the only lesion you see on his skin?
Are there any pinpoint bruises on his gums?
What about any bruises on the white part of his eyes?
Thanks for the information and better picture. It does look like a bruise. It is possible that it could be due to trauma, but there are some causes of bruising that can be serious. A blood clotting problem is possible and could be brought on by mouse or rat poison ingestion, ingestion of certain drugs (i.e.; aspirin and similar products), tick borne infections and immune mediated destruction of the body's own platelets. With tick transmitted diseases, then can destroy the platelets, but Lyme's disease can create a bruise or rash with a target appearance. The most recent picture you sent seems to have that appearance. I would definitely have him evaluated by your vet tomorrow to be on the safe side. If this is something like rat poison, the appearance of bruises means that the toxicity has advanced and needs to be treated ASAP. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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