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Cocker Spaniel: Her nose is about as dried..just old age

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My Cocker Spaniel "Abby" is 15 yrs young, however, the years are starting to take their toll on her. Her nose is about as dried out and crusty as I have ever seen. Is it just old age or is their something I can do for it? It sure looks like it hurts. Also, she has what her Vet called tumors on her left side of her paw, as soon as he saw them (2) he wanted to surgery to remove them and a few other warts & skin tags. I said no, I didn't want to have her go under anastetic and perhaps never wake up, she chewed them off anyway and keeps the area very clean. One more thing, do you know where I can purchase Doggie Diapers, she has trouble holding her urine and it is becoming a problem with our carpeting. She is very frisky for 15, has alittle trouble getting up in the morning, but once she is up, she is bouncing all over the place. Your advice is so appreciated.
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Thank you, Ellen
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 The nose can be from a disease process like hypothyroidism. There are creams that are prescription that you can use, you would need to see your vet. For something safe for now...at Walmart in the pet section is a green tin called BAG BALM....ointment originally used for dairy cow teats...can be applied several times to the nose...and see if there is improvement.


Dr.V

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: Thank you Dr. V I will try your suggestion for the BIG BALM, however, I thought I had asked the question regarding the tumors on her paw, should I be concerned that she has chewed them off, but keeps the area clean by licking and was I wrong not to have them surgically removed? She is 15 yrs old and I don't know how much time she has left, I don't know how long Cockers life spans are, how many years might she have left?
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 No, you were not wrong to be cautious...15yrs is close to the life span of a cocker.


If the skin where the tumors are is still pink, then an occasional wipe with hydrogen peroxide is fine..you do want to prevent infections in a dog of 15!


Dr.V

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