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Hello and thank you for your question. It appears that the Expert you were hoping to speak with is not currently available. I have stepped in to assist you in their absence. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) How long has the growth been at the base of her tail, open or otherwise? 2) Do you have any clear photographs to share of this area? You can upload here using the "attach file" function, or you can upload to a site like tinypic.com and share the link back. 3) How long has the odd behavior been going on?4) Is she currently on any medications?5) Any pertinent medical history to share for her?
Hello again,CustomerWas a fine needle aspirate or biopsy (or any diagnostic) performed on the mass at the time you'd previously discussed it with your vet?I'll be near my computer today when you're able to respond with pictures. If you don't hear back from me within a few minutes, chances are I had to run an errand. My responses are generally prompt if I'm nearby.
Thanks for the pictures. This helps me greatly because I can see what you are seeing.Without this area being clipped back, it makes me heavily suspicious (especially seeing picture number 2) that you're not necessarily dealing with a MCT but possibly just a hot spot. The fact that you've seen a lump there in the past is concerning, of course, but the way her tail meets her body may also have something to do with how it feels. Some dogs have added fat at that area, which can make it bulge.I don't think you're going to be wrong for waiting until Wednesday to have it seen. If you're majorly concerned and want it addressed as quickly as possible, going to an ER vet may be indicated (remember, you're going to pay more!). For sure, it's time to have the area clipped back with a pair of clippers to get a good idea what's under the fur. If there's a mass present on the skin, it would be smart to have it removed and a histopathology performed. Likewise, if it's just a moist area that's ulcerated, clipping it back to the skin, cleaning it up and using a drying powder on the skin may help greatly.If you want instructions on how to clip the area back, please let me know and I'll send it along.If my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish answering your question before you rate my service.
Be as honest with them as you've been with me. Tell them that finances are a factor (or whatever the situation may be) and that you want to give her the best care possible, but on a budget. If you reach a point where you aren't sure, just message me back here (even after you've accepted my answer we can still talk on this topic without further charge).As far as her behavior, if this truly has been a hot spot all along the timeline would be correct for her to have some behavioral changes. Many dogs who are stressed become compulsive and often reactive to situations which otherwise didn't bother them. Many of them seem on edge and do things that are uncharacteristic for them. You'll know if this is behavioral once you have the area treated. If it goes back to normal, you'll know it was because she was not comfortable to start. As an aging girl, it may be time to start some regular NSAIDs for age-related aches and pains, as well. If your vet opts to put her on a short regimen during her treatment for this area, and she improves, talk to them about using the NSAIDs long term. It may be that the underlying discomfort is adding to her odd behaviors and explains those aches and pains. What's more, if this does not improve the odd behaviors with NSAIDs and fixing the problem area, you'll have a good foundation to assume that she's having some compulsivity issues and some behavioral medications (like prozac) might be indicated. She is older and, like people, we can see some questionable behaviors start as the pets age. Senile behaviors are actually quite common.
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