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    Default Opinions for lump on my dog please!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a noob who just found this site so I haven't posted before. My dog is a desexed, pound pup, Bullmastiff X, called Tambo, who is approx. 6 to 6 1/2 yrs old. I have owned him for 4 yrs.

    Tonight I gave him a bath as he was extremely smelly from taking bones into his kennel, and I noticed a lump on his back, just before the tail & now I'm worried as to what it may be :-(

    He's never had any major health issues, and the only reason he's needed a vet other than general health check was for irritation in the same area that the vet said was Flea allergy. He's had a couple of bouts of that over the past 2 yrs & the meds solved it each time rather quickly. I stopped the meds each time after 2 days of no itching as I don't like the idea of him taking tabs longer than actually required. There were no visible bugs, fleas or anything but the vet said it would only take one bite for him to act like he had a flea circus in the area.

    Hoping I can add some photos to this post in case it helps. One of him (full size) & a few of the lump. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions to what it may be? Thanks in advance!219761_1691348285449_5611518_o.jpgTambo Lump2.jpgTamboLump4.jpgTamboLump3.jpg

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    First thing would be to ensure there are no fleas. There is something that starts with c I got from the vet
    which will ensure they are flea free within 3 days. We got it when Mags picked up a resistant batch in another town. Just a thought as you have history.
    Welcome by the way.

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    We can all play guessing games but if you are concerned, see a vet.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    To me, it looks like a boil or infected lump, like the lump that forms around a splinter or ingrown hair.

    But it could be an ordinary fatty lump - which generally does no harm unless it gets big enough to interfere with movement.

    Or it could be the first lump in a cancer of lumps...

    Best to see a vet... if it's an infected mozzie bite or something they can clean it up. If its a small fatty lump they might be able to remove it under local anaesthetic or calm you down enough to leave it alone...

    If it's the cancer one - I don't know but vet could take a piece of it and get it checked and then you can decide what's best for your dog.

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    Thanks everyone for your welcomes & input. :-)

    I can't remember what his meds were called, but I kept the canister for refills & when I remember where I put it, I will update. He doesn't have to have a whole course, they are only for when he is irritated as they are quite strong & not good to have longer than actually required. Each time has taken about 3 days to stop the itch & I go for two more days to make sure he's clear. I have never physically seen a flea on him or had any fleas in the house, nor has he had any consistent scratch in any other area consistent with an actual flea infestation.

    I am a bit of a stress head when it comes to my dog. He tends to run first and think later & ran into the back of a truck parked in our driveway once & got a decent cut above his eye, and I bawled like a baby for 2 days. :-/

    I decided I will watch the lump & on Tues, & if it is any bigger or no smaller, I will take him to get it checked. That will give the medicated shampoo time to do its thing if it's an irritation from rubbing, as when his irritation flares, he rubs on EVERYTHING. He doesn't seem bothered by it, and wasn't fussed when I was inspecting it - but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing. I would've thought if it were an infection or bite of some sort, it would be annoying him?

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    Take your dog to the vet now...with all lumps the vet is the only person qualified to tell you. As for your flea problem put him on either a spot on product or something like Sentinel that I use which does the lot. If you see a flea on him use capstar which kills adult fleas within 30 mins...but this is only temporary solution.
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    That's it Capstar. Doesn't solve lumps but did turn the tide on a vicious flea issue. As they say watch it and go to the vet if nothing changes in a few days. We tend to think worst case scenario but it usually isn't, I would want to be sure .

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    antihistamines are often given for allergic reactions - if it's not tablets for killing the fleas (eg capstar)...

    They're not like antibiotics where it's important to finish the course.

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I did actually write a reply 2 days ago, but it's not here?

    His tabs are not antibiotics I don't think. I'm not sure where I put the canister but when I come across it, I'll update with the name of it. As they are quite strong, he is only to have them for a flare up. It usually takes 3 days for him to stop rubbing, then I give him 2 more days to make sure. They can cause ulcers & gastrointestinal problems if kept on them for any long period of time so I keep them down to what's actually required & then stop. There's never been any actual flea sighting, or any other scratching consistent with flea infestation.

    I can't tell if the lump has gotten smaller or is the same, but definitely no bigger. But as it's not a significant enough change to say smaller, I will be aiming to get him in the vet tomorrow. I did spring him trying to rub it on the couch last night, the same way he does when it's his allergy but it's the first time he's shown any sign of it bothering him. I gently pressed around it to see his reaction, but he's seems totally unphased by it. Hope that's a good sign!

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    No idea why your previous post was hidden Yolanda. Hopefully everyone can see it now.

    Hope the vet sorts the lump out for you - do let us know what they say.

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