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my dog had a lump that now has broken open and is bleeding

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my dog had a lump that now has broken open and is bleeding


Optional Information: Age: 7; Male; Breed: mixed boxer,mastif bull dog
Already Tried:
bandage antibacterial ointment
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
This could be a sebaceous cyst, an infection that abcessed, or it might be a tumor.
For now treat it as if it were an infection until you can see your vet (if this doesn't help it). You can use a warm damp compress on the open sore site. This helps increase circulation and draw infection. Clean it off with betadine or 3% peroxide and then use neosporin, bacitracin or triple antibiotic ointment on it. You can do this twice a day. If its not better with that then you should see the vet.
If the hole is a small one that is really leaking mucous not blood and it seems like their might be something alive inside it this could be a bot fly larvae also known as warbles or wolves. These nasty little parasites stay under the skin until they are ready to move to their next life stage. You need a vet to remove them as if they get broken under the skin they can cause serious toxic reactions.
And if the lump was raised gray or cauliflowered looking or red and angry looking it might be a tumor that will need vet care to resolve.
Hope this helps you!