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Absolutely. The potential always exists for a nerve to be compromised during skin removal and for there to be secondary complications from it. I do doubt, however, that your vet could have predicted this. Typically we associate nerves with deeper tissue and most skin growths won't have a nerve present within them and so close to the surface.
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If the tissue is compromised, yes, we can see tissue dying off that quickly. I think debridement would be wise as the tissue is going to slough anyhow. Complications are a risk with this procedure too, but hopefully more limited with the removal of non-viable tissue this time around.
Checking in, Laura. How is your girl doing today?
I agree, it sounds like that area may have come off while she was eating. Hopefully this is not permanent. Many dogs who do have nerve damage will regain some feeling and hopefully that's the case for her. Please keep me posted on her progress.