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Hello!

My in-laws dog has a lump that is progressively growing on his hind right leg/hip area. It was noticed within the last 3 weeks. He's very much a lap dog who spends the majority of his days sleeping. The lump was noticed when he winced during play time one day when his leg was touched.

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During his initial visit to the vet, the vet noticed he had an elevated white blood cells count and took a sample from the mass to try and determine what it was. Unsuccessful, another sample was taken and sent away to a different lab to try and determine what it is. He left the vet that day with a painkiller. We received a followup phone call saying that the mass was non cancerous but still didn't know what it was.

Today he had a second visit to the vet. They checked out the mass (which is now slowly draining some clearish red blood and pus when pressed on; not sure if it started draining on its own or if it was opened up by the needle from the vet) and took another sample from it to again try to determine what it is. He was sent home with an antibacterial medication and another form of pain medication.

Now he's resting at home with the cone of shame because he compulsively licks the area and won't leave it alone. He compulsively licks everything (people, his stuffed animals, chairs, the floor, him self). We won't hear back until sometime late next week what the latest results are from the lab (due to the Christmas holidays).

Does anyone recognize what this may be or what may have caused such a thing to occur? Trying to learn more about different types of lumps and bumps in dogs.

A small back story: A few years ago he was attacked by a dog at the dog park that left him with a wound, a substantial infection and a lump in the same spot. He healed slowly and the infection was killed with medication. Is it possible that this is a reoccurring infection? Just seems odd that it's another lump in the same area.

Any ideas on how to prevent him from licking the area so he doesn't have to wear the cone? Doggie diapers to cover the area?

I'm just anxious and impatient and am hoping to find some answers during this waiting period from the vet.
 

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Update from today: the lump exploded and has been draining all day. We're mostly left with an open cut that just keeps bleeding/pussing now.
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It's great that you already have a vet overseeing this.

There are a bunch of possibilities, scar tissue leading to friable skin that lead to an infection, foriegn body reaction, cyst, tumor etc... Only visiting your vet and the lab testing they do will show what it actually is.

You should ask your vet if there are any accurate resources they can send you to for info about lumps.
 

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he may need a drain...

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sounds as tho it was an abscess which has opened & is draining on its own - Plain isotonic saline is a safe thing to wash it with, the nasal-spray that comes in cans & is lightly pressurized is helpful, as it flushes an open wound with gentle pressure, & gets into crevices. // Use STERILE gauze pads to gently pat it dry, pressing lightly - 2 to 3X daily [every 12-hrs, or every 8-hrs] is a safe practice.

Be sure there are no preservatives, added drugs, etc - just plain saline, & isotonic. ;)

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Hopefully it begins to dry-up, but the vet may need to install a DRAIN & stitch it in place, until the seepage stops; then it can be allowed to scab & heal. // Without a drain in place, any lingering microbes will just create another abscess, & they can recur over & over - my mother had one to the side of her spine, that would form, swell slightly, rupture, & leak, it had to be surgically removed after it recurred the 3rd time; antibiotics, even directly applied, did not solve the underlying issue.

Don't panic, so long as it's not malignant it's very treatable. :)
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Even some malignant ones, if caught early enough can be treated. Samantha just had surgery, Tuesday, to remove a growth on her side, just behind her front leg. Her harness must have irritated it, and it virtually doubled in size in a week. Vet looked at it Tuesday morning, and said it has to come out. Samantha now has about a three or four inch incision as the Vet said if he didn't get all the tissue around it, it would come back, which we do not want. Waiting for the biopsy report, but Vet said he doubted it was malignant. I think they see so many of them, they can most of the time tell by looking at it. Samantha was out if it, for a day and a half after, but bounced back big time today, in fact we just got back from a fairly good walk, I cut short, despite her wanting to go farther. Didn't want to overdo, the first time out.
 
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