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19 October 2008 @ 09:24 pm
hairless/swollen spot above tail nub  
So, at some point within the last couple of days, Clancy has developed a growth, probably about the size of a quarter, but not round, just above his tail nub. It is close enough to the tail that you almost can't see it. I thought I caught a glimpse of something white there and investigated. The growth is dry and was somewhat flaky this morning, though it seems to be less so since his bath this afternoon. His hair has fallen out there, and when I first noticed it yesterday, it seemed like the flakey portions were what were causing it to fall out in small clumps (think of when there is a scab on a hairy area and as the scab falls off, it takes the hair with it... sorry if TMI). I don't notice anything looking like a bug bite, but he is having a pretty major allergy flare-up with the change of seasons... The spot above his tail doesn't seem to bother him -- it's the one spot he's NOT itchy/scratching/licking right now, and it's not tender to the touch... I'll be making an appointment with the vet first thing in the AM, but I'm just curious if anyone has ever seen anything like this.... Anybody have any ideas?
 
 
 
greymalkini: oscargreymalkini on October 19th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Does he go outside often? Something similar happened to our Violet: she was stung by a bee.
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on October 19th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
My old dog Pepper had a fatty tumor just above her tail. It didn't hurt her or irritate her in any way, and the hair fell out on that spot. I don't remember any flakyness, though. Sorry I can't be of more help.
hysteric glamour: shmoopyunquietmind on October 19th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
It sounds like flea allergy. A single flea can make my Bella react like that. You won't see an actual bite; the allergy it to the flea's saliva and it gets in the dog's bloodstream.

The good news is, it will heal and meds like Advantage will keep it from happening again.