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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Exclamation My dog has a lump on the side of his head....

My dog has a lump on the side of his head, it's been there about 2 or 3 years now. a few days ago puss started coming out of it and the skin below it. I keep cleaning it, but it don't seem to help. Do you know what might be wrong?

Before it was like a fester or a zit, it would start to get big then all I had to do was squeeze it and little white chunks would come out of it. People around here say it may be cancer, I hope not.

I want to take him to the vet but I'm always broke, is there any government plans in canada to help people like me it would be great to learn about it.

I wanted to put a pic of the wounded area but I can add attachments .

Please help if you can!
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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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My dog has a

He's long over-due by 2-3 years to see a vet, beg, borrow or what-ever, your dog needs medical attention.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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ok, thanks I'll start calling vets tomorrow to get price quotes
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Old June 9th, 2008, 07:53 PM
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yes it requires a vet visit, i had a little something like this on my older min pin, put some polisporn on it, it took a while with me playing with it, it looked like a pimple, but was a in grown hair and she was at the vet it took almost 1 yr before the nasty little hair finally came out, but if i were you go get it checked.. asap better to be careful brenda and the pins,, good luck
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Old June 9th, 2008, 08:17 PM
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If the area is spreading, you need to see a vet ASAP. It could be that there was a minor infection there that is now spreading into nearby follicles. Folliculitis is nothing to fool with--we just had a bout of it and it got pretty messy:

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48242

See if your vet will allow you to pay in installments, but get your dog to a vet ASAP, please!
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Old June 10th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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I'm working my butt off to get him to the vet, but with no luck yet. Everyone says there out of money around here, so I'm out of luck for getting money from anyone. I'm looking for stuff to sell right now. I never thought to ask about paying in installments. Thanks for that idea. I've been reading about putting a warm compress on the area, do you guys think that would help?
I was also wondering if peroxide would help to clean it? Any help would be great to keep it as clean as possible until I can get him to the vet. Thanks guys!
When I called the vet today, I explained to them what was wrong with my dog, one of the vets told me that it sounded like an abscess. I just hope I can get the cash up to take him in. Wish me luck!

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Old June 10th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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An abscess sounds like a good possibility but, if it's got white stuff in it it's probably infected. At the very least you are going to need a round of antibiotics. Chances are it will keep coming back if it is an abscess, often they need surgery to totally remove them... somewhere I posted about a similar lump on my Golden retriever (about two years ago), i'll see what I can find for you.

Keep working on a vet that you can get to... it's imperative! These things can get really nasty quick.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 08:23 PM
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http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=23060
That the thread from my Golden. Note that antibiotics were the key.... and vet care.

P.S. peroxide isn't a great idea... it will break down the skin, can make things worse. Maybe just clean with soap and water and keep it really clean, try cutting back the fur
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Old June 10th, 2008, 11:26 PM
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I agree--peroxide can damage the tissues. A warm water compress might help. Any luck with an installment plan?
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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I may of found a way to get 50 bucks to get my dog to the vet, I have an old broke down car that a junk dealer will give me 50 bucks for but he won't come and get it because he says it's not worth it to come that far for only one vehicle. My uncle has a car that burned, but he's old and stubborn and he won't sell it, if he would that junk dealer would come up after them, and I could get money to help my dog. I'm currently waiting for him to get home so I can talk him into it. So wish me luck.

Is there anything else I can do to slowdown the infection. The way things are now the puss is coming out through the skin around an hour after I clean it.

Also, how often should I be cleaning it, I usually clean it around every 3 to 4 hours. Sometimes there is a lot of puss and other times there is just a little bit of puss.

My uncle said he had an abscess on himself when he was a kid, and his mother put a moist piece of bread on it. This supposedly drew some of the stuff out. I've been thinking of trying it but I want to know what you guys think.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:41 PM
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When you clean it, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Salt water is excellent for any kind of infection.
But I'm afraid he still needs to see a vet. Good luck with your uncle.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 08:14 PM
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I'd stay away from the bread... I would think the starch would feed the bacteria causing the infection and things could get really bad. Stick to the warm clean compress and keep up with cleaning with soap and water. If you have an hibitane or detol a drop or two in the water you are cleaning with could help a bit.
All of this is only going to help things hold their own until you can get to a vet for antibiotics. The longer you leave it the worse the tissue damage, this may mean you HAVE to have surgery to remove all the damaged tissue. This can get really bad... Please, please beg or borrow what you can and get to the vet.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 08:52 PM
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Is the affected area getting any bigger, kirkyeehee?
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Old June 11th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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what your describing almost sounds like a very large boil. Are you trying to draw the puss out or just keep it at bay until you get to a vet?
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Old June 12th, 2008, 07:41 PM
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My uncle won't help me because he thinks it's not worth paying money to help a dog, he said I should just let it die. I wasn't long telling him off, that really made me mad. I'll try the salt water to hold it at bay.
It seems to be doing a lot better today. there is barely any puss coming out of it now. I'm still gonna take him to the vet asap. The area doesn't seem to be spreading anymore either.
I have some salve here, would something like that help in any way shape or form?
I'll take a pic of it tonight and put it on here tomorrow if I can. I'll keep you all posted. Thank you all for all of your help!
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Old June 12th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Old June 17th, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Sorry for not being on here for a few days, I've been taking care of my dog.

He's doing good now, the puss has stopped, the lump is shrinking, and the hair is starting to grow back where it came out. I still wash it daily, and put salve on it. I called the vet and he told me I was doing good, but bring him in when you get the chance or if it gets bad again.

This makes me happy because he's getting better. I was getting depressed before when I couldn't get him to the vet, but now he's getting better and I don't have to rush to get him in there I feel so relived.

Once again thank all of you for all of your help. I hope and pray nothing bad happens to your pets. Later.

P.S. My camera is out of batteries and I couldn't get any pics of his lump to put on here. It don't matter now anyway.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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Whew! I'm glad he's improving, kirkyeehee.

But about those camera batteries...you don't have to post a picture of the lump, but we sure would like to see a picture of your dog. Any chance you've got one or two to share?

for his continued rapid recovery!
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 07:18 PM
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I'll get a pic or 2 of him on here sometime over the next few days when I have a bit more time.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Whew! I'm glad he's improving, kirkyeehee.

But about those camera batteries...you don't have to post a picture of the lump, but we sure would like to see a picture of your dog. Any chance you've got one or two to share?
I'll make a new thread and put some pics of Tex on there for anyone who want's to see them.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 10:20 PM
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WoooooHoooooo! I take it he's still on the mend, then?
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