Puppy Has a Lump on His Leg

My friend and I went to go see about a Craigslist ad for free puppies about a week ago. I had no intention of getting one; I just wanted to go along for the ride. However, upon my arrival, my eye was caught by this beautiful, lazy dark colored puppy sleeping under the front porch rocking chair of the ad placers' home.
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I claim to dislike dogs, but my only legitimate reason is the licking and slobbering. I thought, a lazy dog won't lick and slobber! So I picked the puppy right up and immediately fell in love. See, he was the only dark one in the litter; the rest were white and yellow. The mom is a Great Pyrenees and the dad is a mystery. (Maybe German Shepherd, seeing as Maxx's coloring seems identical to GSD coloring.)

Anyway, we rode in the back seat for an hour back to my town, and I noticed a mat on his leg. When we reached my best friend's house, she and I bathed our puppies and dried them off, giving them each their own bowl of puppy food. We had gone to Walmart and gotten collars and some flea prevention stuff to put on the backs of their necks. I went home, and my mom also fell in love with Maxxavier. She took me to Petco to get all the basics. Later, we went to the vet because we figured with his big potbelly he must have had worms. Which he did. The vet gave him some shots and gave us a complimentary deworming kit, and the next day I could tell Maxx was feeling so much better.

He kept chewing at the mat on his leg, and I figured he was just grooming himself. He eventually chewed all the hair right off, revealing a scab and a little bump under his skin. He won't let me touch it for very long. (By the way, he is 10 weeks old.) Over a few days the bump has grown a little bigger, and he keeps licking at it. My mom said we will take him to the vet when she gets the money for it, but I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure it out. Like I said, there is a scab, so I'm thinking it might just be an infection? It's not a very hard bump, but it moves around under the skin instead of just squishing down when I poke it. Should I try to drain it? Should I call my vet and ask about payment methods? I don't want to let money be the only thing keeping my baby from being comfortable and healthy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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April 27, 20160 found this helpful

From your description and pics, your puppy probably has an infection and it is growing. You should definitely not let this continue-take your pup to your vet now.

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In the past few weeks, our cat was attacked and bitten several times by a raccoon. The bites became infected and our vet cleaned the area and we started antibiotics. A few days later the infection was clearly out of control and we ended up paying surgical costs of over $1000 to finally stop the infection. Our poor cat was miserable as we had to chase him down to squirt antibiotic down his throat 4 times a day fro 2 weeks.

So, please take your puppy to your vet for immediate treatment or you will only pay much more down the line. Also, if you do not treat the infection, your puppy will certainly die.

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May 1, 20160 found this helpful

Vet bills are part of owning a dog. Start a fund and keep it up until you have a reasonable amount. For this trip borrow from somebody. Your puppy can't wait.

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

Hi. My cocker spaniel gets the same scabby spots on the more delicate skin like his bell, inner thighs, around his bum (anus). I found the Miracle cream of all creams.

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It s an antiseptic balm that farmers actually use on cow udders. It is simply called Bag Balm. It comes in green tin. The stuff works! Hope this helps. Tried, tested and true... Been using over two years.

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