Paris has a weird bump/spot on her chin

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Paris has a pretty big ( about the size of a quarter, except it's an oval instead of round ) raised spot on her chin. It just appeared recently, I know it wasn't there until sometime over the last 2 days or so. It is raised up slightly & when I was looking @ it up close,I noticed it was bleeding in a few spots where the dry skin on it was flaking off. & a bit of clear stuff, also. I had her muzzle in my hand so I could see better from the angle I was at, & the thing sort of popped like Dobie's chin zits do, complete w/yellowish white pus. It's like a bunch of doggy chin zits all under 1 bump, since there seems to be several bleeding, & some w/pus. I have never seem anything like this on her, or Dobie. I put neosporin on it since it was bleeding, but has anyone experienced this oddity of dog acne before? Should I treat it like I do Dobie's acne?

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I've never experienced that with Sofia, but there's been things written on this forum.. Seems to me people recommend  stainless steel feeding and water bowls..  You might look on the Search button on the top of the screen.. type in bumps and see what pops up ( pardon the pun)

P.S. Love the pictures in your gallery.. great shots of some beautiful doberkids

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It could be a hot spot, which is basically a stewed-infection that stays that way because the fur in the area keeps it damp and the bacteria feast on the skin.

Don't just apply neosporin - you're just adding to the wetness.  You need to scrub it, let it dry, and watch it.  If it is a hotspot you'll need an antibiotic ointment, not just the neosporin.

Also, if Dobie has chin acne, you should def. switch to stainless steel bowls if you haven't already.  What do you use to clean that and how do you treat it?  I can't say it'd be the same to apply to Paris.

She also might need oral antibiotics to clear it up.  I'd say if the bump remains infected looking for 2 more days, you should see a vet.  Those sorts of infections only spread and get worse unless properly treated.

 

Luck!

My Paris had something similar surgically removed last year. It turned out to be nothing but it had appeared and grown so fast my vet and I were worried that it might be cancerous. I don't take a lot of chances with things like this. If it doesn't respond to home treatment quickly or if it pops up and grows rather quickly I take them in and have a biopsy done. They can do a scraping at the office and give you a opinion if they  think it needs to come out. Cancer is nothing to mess with.

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We do use stainless steel bowls, & they have their own food dishes & share an H20 bowl. I rinse it out & refill it at least once a day, but I could sanitize it more than I do, I'm sure. I use liquid dish soap to clean them out, or sometimes I put them in the dishwasher 1st, them hand wash & rinse them. I have not found any wash schedules that weren't vague, so I just do it when they don't look clean enough to me. How many days is too many to go w/out sanitizing? Also, I was concerned about Paris' bump getting infected, since it was bleeding & open in spots, but I don't want to put something that will sting on it, that's a surefire way to make her start trying to "casually" not hear or see me when I go to medicate her, complete w/the "I was just heading outside, sorry I missed you." act she is famous for! Is there a certain kind of ointment I should try, that won't sting or burn, etc?

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We do use stainless steel bowls, & they have their own food dishes & share an H20 bowl. I rinse it out & refill it at least once a day, but I could sanitize it more than I do, I'm sure. I use liquid dish soap to clean them out, or sometimes I put them in the dishwasher 1st, them hand wash & rinse them. I have not found any wash schedules that weren't vague, so I just do it when they don't look clean enough to me. How many days is too many to go w/out sanitizing? Also, I was concerned about Paris' bump getting infected, since it was bleeding & open in spots, but I don't want to put something that will sting on it, that's a surefire way to make her start trying to "casually" not hear or see me when I go to medicate her, complete w/the "I was just heading outside, sorry I missed you." act she is famous for! Is there a certain kind of ointment I should try, that won't sting or burn, etc?

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Like I said above, you need to clean it and let it dry, not put ointment on it.  Use a fresh wash cloth, get it damp with warm water, lightly clean the area in question.  Let the air dry it out.  After it's been clean, if it's not oozing, you can put a little neosporin on it.  But like I also said above, it is more likely you will need something you can't purchase over the counter for it.  Like rnd said - better safe than sorry so next week if its still infected take her in.

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Paris still has the bump, it's not moist at all, but dry & a bit flaky. When I hold her muzzle to check it, there is still 3 different spots that have pus/blood come out of them, like a giant zit that pops in multiple places. It isn't red or hot at all, it doesn't look infected or seem to be bothering her at all. It a lot like Dobie's chin zits, but there's 1 giant one, as opposed to the several small ones that he gets. His get flaky once they pop & start going away. Could they be the same thing?

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Who knows?  You're describing something, it's hard to tell you anything and even what I say is an educated guess.  If its still infected, you should take her to the vet.  At this point she most likely needs antibiotics to clear it up.  It's not bothering her from what you can see but it doesn't mean that it isn't or that something isn't going on.  At this point, it's better to go in, let them do a light skin scraping, and diagnosis what exactly is going on and then you can treat it properly.  Once you know what it is, and in the future if she gets these, then you can treat better at home.  

Even with all my experience, I have a three-day rule.  If whatever I am treating at home myself doesn't clear up in three days, we go into the vet.  That way I catch whatever is going on at a point where it's still treatable and I gave myself time to try and fix it without the vet bill.

Hope she's better soon.