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My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.
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I'm so sorry that Mando is having issues. Can you attach a picture of the mass?
Regardless of the cause of the mass, the most important thing is to prevent any licking of the area as that delays healing and can lead to formation of a lick granuloma. You can read about that here:
A histiocytoma is a possibility. It's a benign skin mass that sometimes develops on the head and feet. You can read about it here:
A viral papilloma is also a possible cause. You can read about that here:
There are other numerous possibilities, so the best way to find out what is causing the mass is to have your local vet perform a fine needle aspirate. They can collect the cells and then look at them under the microscope.
In the meantime, you can try soaking Mando's paw in an epsom salt solutuion twice daily for 3 to 5 days. I'd also recommend placing a soak over the area once dry to prevent licking.
If it doesn't go away following the soaks, gets larger, starts bleeding or having discharge, is hot to the touch, or if Mando becomes more lame then I would have him assessed.
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