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My cocker spaniel keeps licking her paws. The top of one of

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My cocker spaniel keeps licking her paws. The top of one of her paws now has a red bump on the top of her paw. Yesterday it started to bleed. My father in law just passed away and we were unable to bring her to the vet. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

1) Do you have pictures to share of the areas you're concerned about?
2) Any history of illness for this companion?
3) Is she on any medications at this time?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Allie is a 10 year old cocker spaniel. She has no illnesses. She has no allergies, and is on no medication.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

It's hard to tell what is going on in this picture but it looks like there is a mass or lick granuloma present there. With allergies we typically see the pet licking the paw, but this looks like its further up the leg.

For the time being, you can place an e-collar on her to keep her from licking. Here's now to make one at home or you can purchase at a pet store:

You can also give antihistamines if you think this might be related to allergies. It certainly wouldn't hurt. My favorite is Zyrtec. Dosing info here:

I would try to have her examined as quickly as you can, but so long as you can prevent her from causing more harm by using the e-collar it should buy you a few days. You can also clean the wound twice daily with hibiclens or a mild soap. Make sure its as dry as possible between cleanings to minimize dermatitis.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Checking in, Mary. How is your girl doing?

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