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So about a week ago moose had a much smaller version of this on his leg (a different one, in a different place)... we figured it was from running into a stick while he's running as sometimes when I take him for a run he is clumsy, and he reaches speeds of 25mph, so bumping a twig scratches him sometimes. Anyway, that smaller lump looked identical, just not so big, and it went away after a few days.

We just found this one yesterday, and it's more in his arm pit, highly unlikely he ran into a twig due to the positioning... it was just a lump yesterday, but today he's found it himself and has been licking at it, and it's started to ooze, like an open wound.

Spider bite?

Or just another scrape, maybe from climbing over trees, and branches, and exploring???
 

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It looks a lot worse and more nasty than it is due to moose licking it and making it all wet, and raw.
 

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Its hard to see, but if you have grass seeds I would get him to a vet straight away cause they can travel to the heart and kill them. They often cause wounds like that.
 

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it is a bit hard to see but it looks a little bit raised? Perhaps it's a bite or sting of some sort? You said this is the second one right and the other one was also on the leg? Perhaps he angered some insect? Poor thing.

Doesn't look like an abscess.... there is no hole when you look at it right? Just like a raw ozzy look?
 

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Its hard to see, but if you have grass seeds I would get him to a vet straight away cause they can travel to the heart and kill them. They often cause wounds like that.
Had to google this as I haven't heard it called this.. we just say the weeds that stick to the dogs. We are starting to get some I think, I`ll re-investigate the area. (On moose). And then I`ll get trimmers and clear up.

it is a bit hard to see but it looks a little bit raised? Perhaps it's a bite or sting of some sort? You said this is the second one right and the other one was also on the leg? Perhaps he angered some insect? Poor thing.

Doesn't look like an abscess.... there is no hole when you look at it right? Just like a raw ozzy look?
Yeah, raw and oozy, it was just a hard bump yesterday, today it was raw and oozy... my guess from him licking it.

It's raised about 1/2" its a BIG feeling bump thats for sure.
 

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Grabbed the macro lens. Hard to take this shot since I have to man the camera and make sure he's not covering the spot... these are the best I could get.

As far as I could tell... no rings, no hole, no nothing really. Just raw / open scab type deal.
 

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I'm not usually squeamish but this thing makes me want to cringe. I feel bad for Moose. Please let us know what it is and how Moose makes out.
 

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I'm not usually squeamish but this thing makes me want to cringe. I feel bad for Moose. Please let us know what it is and how Moose makes out.
Thanks! I surely will.

I agree, the pictures make it look horrendously disgusting and omg gross. He's really wet up the whole area with slobber, and I`m sure me spreading the hairs on and around it didn't help.
 

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Grabbed the macro lens. Hard to take this shot since I have to man the camera and make sure he's not covering the spot... these are the best I could get.

As far as I could tell... no rings, no hole, no nothing really. Just raw / open scab type deal.
Grass seeds do this too Todd. I forms as a lump, the whole gets bigger. You wont be able to get it out yourself if it is a grass seed cause you cant see the head of it. Why do they call them sticks there when they are heads of grass seed.

I have seen alot of this and the amount of puss that comes out too is pretty bad.
 

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Its hard to see, but if you have grass seeds I would get him to a vet straight away cause they can travel to the heart and kill them. They often cause wounds like that.
Todd, I hope you find out what it is, have you consulted the vet yet? It looks really inflamed. Siv! WHAT IS THAT???? Grass seeds???? Just like normal old grass seeds??
 

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Very common occurrance here in Oz :(

Ive been fortunate so far only having one dog get it in the ear and when he shook his head I noticed it was still connected to the grass so was able to pull it out gently. Its not just fields like its says on the links, if your backyard gets out of hand and the grass grows high, the tops get them seeds and they are in the dog in no time. Ive seen them all over dogs bodies, being a groomer here, especially one poor cocker spaniel that was matted. I had to clip him to the skin cause the matts were that tight, got to his chest and all this puss was stuck to the hair and chest. I couldnt finish him as he was in pain. Managed to get heaps out of the body that were almost all the way in, god they make a mess.
 

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Very common occurrance here in Oz :(

Ive been fortunate so far only having one dog get it in the ear and when he shook his head I noticed it was still connected to the grass so was able to pull it out gently. Its not just fields like its says on the links, if your backyard gets out of hand and the grass grows high, the tops get them seeds and they are in the dog in no time. Ive seen them all over dogs bodies, being a groomer here, especially one poor cocker spaniel that was matted. I had to clip him to the skin cause the matts were that tight, got to his chest and all this puss was stuck to the hair and chest. I couldnt finish him as he was in pain. Managed to get heaps out of the body that were almost all the way in, god they make a mess.
WOW that is scary! Who would have thought! We just had a friend visit from England his wife took their golden in for having ear problems and the vet had found a grass seed had taken root in the ear canal, but I just assumed it was a fluke! I will be more watchful of this in the future...
 

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Here in California, we call the foxtails and they are really, really common. My English Setter had one in his paw and it had to be surgercally removed. I would definitely have it checked out by the vet.
 

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I didn't mean we call them "sticks" but "sticky grass", as in the grass that sticks to the animals.

Within the last 2 days we had these guys jump up from the ground, as summer is here!

Thanks everynioe!
 

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WOW Siv, I have never heard or seen that before and I have had dogs since I was a kid. I wonder if that is at all prevalent around here or not?? I have never even heard of it nor have had my vet speak of it. I will have to ask my vet next time I see her if this is something that she sees very much of here. Thanks for the info!!


TODD... it surely sounds like some sort of abscess, that squishy, ball feeling inside the area sounds like pus. It could be just about anything that jabbed him when he was running and caused a wound that healed over before it healed up, but most likely something inside that the body is trying to get rid of. Now that I read Siv's info, that would make me concerned. I would definitely go see the vet on this issue, even if it is not as dangerous a thing as grass seed, it most likely should be lanced open and cared for.
BEST to your poor boy! Hope to hear good news on this soon!!!
 
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