|Barked: Tue Sep 6, '11 2:01am PST |
|I'm going to preface this post by saying that my 8 year old Springer, Ziggy, lives at home with my parents while I am away at school. He's my childhood dog and I have very little control over his veterinary care due to my parents financial situation (bankruptcy) and my own (at school... paying for school). So far as I know, he or the other at-home dog haven't seen a vet in a few years. These were easily affordable dogs when they were adopted, but recent financial difficulties have forced the family to just deal with it as best we can. A $75 check up fee is daunting, let alone everything they need.
Anyway, Ziggy developed a subcutaneous lump on his hip a few years ago. It felt hard and fluid filled and didn't bother him, sitting directly below the skin. At some point within the last year or so it burst and became an open seeping wound. This was shaved (he's long haired), kept clean, and treated with topical ointments. Nevertheless, it has developed a raised ring of scar tissue around the outside with a hole in the middle, a little like a volcano. It itches him and is sticky, but I don't see any staph like residue. It's just mucous.
I wish I could remember more of the specifics, but this is coming extra concerning as I just noticed another small lump on his tummy (near his ribs). Thoughts?
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