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My dog - a two year old female mixed breed (best guess lab/rotti/beagle) - has a two-fold problem and I'm at my wits end. She has developed a small growth on her right front leg. It seemed innocent at first but now has grown and she is constantly licking and worrying at it. We took her to the vet this morning and that is where the second problem starts. KD is a very chill dog, never barks, not afraid of anything, loves people and dogs but...she has a terror (no other word for it) of being examined/constrained/probed in any way. The two previous vet visits were only possible after sedation. This time, the vet managed to put a muzzle on her and examine her lesion, though three people had to wrestle her down and try to hold her. It saddens me terribly to see this (she is a rescue so we don't know what she experienced before we got her) Anyway - the doc gave us some antibiotics and said she had never seen a weird tumor like this and to just observe it for a week and if there is no improvement, bring her back in and have it excised and histologically examined. The doc thinks the likelihood of it being malignant is less than 25%.

SO...double question: a) how can we help stop the licking and aggrevating the lesion and b) in the long term, what can we do about the extreme fear behavior?

Apologies for the long post - it's my first one. I tried to explain the situation as best I could
 
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