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Hi everyone, I would appreciate any advice to help my five month old standard poodle. Most vets are closed for Christmas holiday and I don't know if this is an emergency.

When giving a bath this evening, I noticed a couple black, raised scabs which are bothering my pup. He has a longer coat, so I didn't notice them until now, but did notice him biting at his tail in one area and scooting to relieve the itch at the base of the tail. I bathe him about every 10 days and keep his sanitary area clean in between baths. I have a photo best I could get (midway down the tail), as he does not want me touching that area right now. There is also a sore closer to the base of the tail. I truly thank you for any help.

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More than likely it's fleas and/or a hot spot. Alternatively it could be crackly skin from the cold that ripped and is now itchy and sore. Wouldn't worry too much--if you can have a cone on him for a few days to keep him from biting at it while it heals it should go away on its own, so long as there aren't fleas (in which case, you would need to get a treatment). Of course, if the issue suddenly escalates, I would take him to the vet.
 

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More than likely it's fleas and/or a hot spot. Alternatively it could be crackly skin from the cold that ripped and is now itchy and sore. Wouldn't worry too much--if you can have a cone on him for a few days to keep him from biting at it while it heals it should go away on its own, so long as there aren't fleas (in which case, you would need to get a treatment). Of course, if the issue suddenly escalates, I would take him to the vet.
Thank you so much for responding. I will keep an eye on it and I hope it’s nothing to worry about.
 

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This is familiar, but my memory is failing me right now. I don't have panic associated with the familiarity, fwtw. I know you said he's licking the area but if you can keep him from licking, you might try a small dab of OTC hydrocortisone cream, or even some aloe vera gel.

You can also give Benadryl if it's itching (generic ok), 1mg per pound, but I'd also suggest calling your vet tomorrow to see if they agree with using any of these OTC solutions. You might also be able to email the photo to them and see what they think.
 

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This is familiar, but my memory is failing me right now. I don't have panic associated with the familiarity, fwtw. I know you said he's licking the area but if you can keep him from licking, you might try a small dab of OTC hydrocortisone cream, or even some aloe vera gel.

You can also give Benadryl if it's itching (generic ok), 1mg per pound, but I'd also suggest calling your vet tomorrow to see if they agree with using any of these OTC solutions. You might also be able to email the photo to them and see what they think.
Thank you, I really appreciate your response! Puts my mind at ease a bit.
 

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This is familiar, but my memory is failing me right now. I don't have panic associated with the familiarity, fwtw. I know you said he's licking the area but if you can keep him from licking, you might try a small dab of OTC hydrocortisone cream, or even some aloe vera gel.

You can also give Benadryl if it's itching (generic ok), 1mg per pound, but I'd also suggest calling your vet tomorrow to see if they agree with using any of these OTC solutions. You might also be able to email the photo to them and see what they think.
I agree regarding emailing a photo.

And this post is triggering a memory for me, too.... Maybe this thread? Tail Trouble
 

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Maybe this thread?
It could be but it feels more like seeing it on my girls after looking at this photo. They both had the papilloma's as they got older and I just feel like some looked like that, dark, flatter, and a bit oozy underneath if I accidentally scratched some of the scabby portion off.

This is a choice yicky selection on Holly's back. The ones on the bottom half look something like riseandshine's photo.
The ones in the upper half look more warty. No idea if it's just angles or different virus or ??
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It could be a problem with his food. In any event, I would get Thompson's buffered crystal Vitamin C. I get mine at the health store, but you can order online. 1/8 teaspoon daily. They seem to like the taste. I know dogs are supposed to make their own vitamin C, but everyone is different and he may not be making enough on his own.
 
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