Odd spot on Lower Abdomen

by Ann
(Middleboro MA)

Site of abscess or a sebaceous cyst

Site of abscess or a sebaceous cyst

Reader Question and Treatment Considerations Spot on Dog Abdomen

I Found a spot on lower ab/groin area of 8 yo male lab. Lump under skin as well.

Gave antibiotic for skin/bacteria issues along with hot compresses. The spot softened and came away from edges. I was able to remove plug like piece. It left a hole. Treating with Betadine and preventing licking

Thoughts on Causes of Spot on Abdomen

Hi Ann,

Thank you for sending over the images and for the detailed description of what you've been doing to manage your Lab's skin issue.

The spot on the lower abdomen/groin area with a lump underneath that softened and released a plug-like piece sounds like it could have been an abscess or a sebaceous cyst. These can occur when a gland or a follicle gets blocked, and an infection develops underneath the skin, leading to a build-up of pus and debris.

You've done well to treat with antibiotics and hot compresses, which typically are first-line at-home treatments to encourage drainage. After the plug has come out and a hole is left, continuing with Betadine (povidone-iodine) is a good choice to keep the area clean and to prevent infection.

Here are my recommendations for moving forward:

Keep it Clean: Continue using Betadine to gently clean the area once or twice a day. This will help prevent infection of the open hole left by the plug.

Monitor for Infection: Watch the spot for signs of infection,
which could include increased redness, swelling, heat, or discharge. Also, keep an eye on your dog's overall behavior; if he seems lethargic, has a fever, or loses his appetite, these could be signs the infection is spreading.

Prevent Licking: You're correct to prevent licking. An Elizabethan collar (cone) may be necessary to keep him from reaching the area.

Limit Activity: Keep your dog calm and limit his activity to prevent the area from opening further or becoming irritated.

Follow Up: Since the lump was under the skin, it would be wise to have your vet examine the area to ensure there isn't a deeper issue or a need for further treatment. This is especially important given your dog's age.

Biopsy Consideration: Depending on your vet's assessment, they might recommend a biopsy of the lump to rule out any other underlying conditions.

Watch for Recurrence: Even after healing, keep an eye on the spot for any signs of a new lump forming, which could indicate a recurrent cyst or other issues.

You're taking great care of your Lab, and it's clear you're attentive to his needs. Please make sure to have a vet take a look to ensure a full and proper healing process.

Best to you and your dog,

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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