A. If your dog has a growth that is rapidly growing in size it is best to have it examined by your veterinarian. Growths can be caused by a number of things including allergic reactions, cysts, infections or tumors and cancers. Abscesses, or infections are the most common and are usually hot to the touch, bothersome, and may ooze debris from them. Cysts can be fluid filled while other tumors/growths may be either soft or hard to the touch. Your vet can take a sample from the growth to look at and help determine the cause. Treatment can vary and may include drainage, medication or surgical removal. Until you can get to the vet it is best to prevent your dog from licking or chewing at the area with the use of an Elizabethan (cone) collar so that a secondary infection does not form.
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