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Old 12-06-2012, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My poodle hasn't had a bath in weeks, because she had knee surgery. I decided to give her a bath today. I dried her and brushed out her hair. I found one or two tiny mats and got them out easily. My comb then finally hit what appeared to be slightly bigger mat. I pulled on it a little to try and work it out, but found that there was now a bare patch of skin. Now I'm cussing up a storm, because I think I ripped her hair out, but this may not be the case.

I notice that the bare skin is raised up and feels sort of like a cyst under the skin. I really hope it isn't, because my poodle is only 6 months old and has already gone through knee surgery, spay, and repair of an umbilical hernia she got when she was born. I cut the matted part out to get it out of the way.

I figure it could be one of a few things, but if you think it's something else let me know. I think it could be.....

- A cyst. She might have been nipping at the cyst and caused a mat to form there.

- It is just a mat. The mat may have caused irritation of the skin under it, leading to inflamation in the form of a lump.

- Maybe it's some kind of parasite. Flea, tick, skinworm (I dunno), whatever.

- Some kind of disease or skin condition.

- Stress? Nipping in same spot constanty when left alone in home?

Do you think it is worth waiting a few days and monitoring if the bump goes away? Is it serious enough for an immediate vet visit or can it wait?

You cant see it normally, but if you spread the hair apart this is what can now be seen with the hair/mat gone. Here are some pics:
















Please help my sweet little girl with your input!

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could it be ringworm?
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I don't know what it might be, but I did a quick google search. Maybe take a look at this link and see if it helps you narrow it down any. I am an advocate of going to the vet when something is of concern. But I tend to be overly cautious, the vet likes that about me. (At least on a monetary level.) Hope all goes well!
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It definitely doesn't look like ringworm. Those are flat to the skin and crusty. It looks like a cyst to me. The ones I've seen have been harmless, but I'd still get it checked out and documented at the vet.


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It does appear to be a cyst, but I'm not a vet. I would take her in and get it checked out.
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Looks like a cyst to me too....she's too young for fatty tumors I think? I'd take her to the Vet to check it out.........
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I agree looks like ring worm! If you have a black light it will show up very bright. Selsum Blue the human shampoo will get rid of it bathing once a week and also a athletes foot cream applied daily to any spots you find daily. You may have to use a soft collar to keep her from licking it. I have a friend who just had this on her Yorkie pup.
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Peeves had a sebaceous cyst that looked very similar to that as far as I can tell. I would go to the vet. If it is a sebaceous cyst it is easily treated with a topical dmso/synotic (at least that is what we used).
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Not ringworms. Harry had ringworms for several months and its just cleared. The skin will not be raised. Instead it is a bit flacks. 'Craters' of skin 'burst' then flake. It's like having dandruff that never clears. Not a great look for a black dog

I'd pop down the vet to be safe


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My Bailey had the exact same thing, identical looking actually. I did take him to the vet and it was a cyst. He got it when he was older though, but I guess they can form at any time and some dogs are just more prone to them. My neighbors dog (Lab) had quite a few of them, she had them surgically removed but some came back and/or new ones formed. For that reason, we choose not to have it removed, just didn't see the point in going that route considering Bailey was about 9-10 at the time. So there really wasn't anything we could do about it and it did continue to get bigger and bigger until one day it popped! Kind of gross but the vet said just keep it clean and dab it with peroxide too. He also said it would likely fill up again, and it did, but never as big as right before it popped.
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