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Old 03-03-2014, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Swollen lump on my dogs tail

I have a german shepherd female she is about 11 months old. She kept licking and biting at her tail and when I inspected it looks to be a swolln red bump on it. Like a swollen pimple or a ingrown hair that is infected. It is about 8 inches from the tip of the tail. Look at picture. Should I take her to the vet or will this be sonething that heals on its own?

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would take her and have vet look at it. Better safe then sorry. Especially if she keeps bothering it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My first thought was that it looks a bit like a boil about to erupt. I don't have as much familiarity with veterinary medicine as human though.

I'd probably be inclined to try and clean the area with warm soap and water first. Depending on if the white head disappears/pops/remains I would probably try and get into the vet. Boils are a type of abscess, usually can be treated with lancing and/or antibiotics.
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