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Hi Everyone,
Over the weekend I was petting my Basset Maggie when I noticed she was bleeding on her side. At first i couldn't see anything so I got a flashlight for a clearer view. Underneath a piece of matted hair there was a hole that looked like a puncture wound. I cleaned it up, and it didn't seem to bother her. It's now crusted but still looks slightly raw. I speculated if my other Basset may have bitten her, but he's never shown any aggression towards her and is always careful when they play. She's seven years old, and I think that there may have been a fatty lump there which the vet had checked out before and said was fine. I'm taking her to the vet Sat. to have it checked out. Do this fatty deposits ever just fall off or get knocked off? Thanks for your input. Jim
 

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Bassets are also prone to developing cysts that can rupture and bleed a little bit, like you've described. When this happens, it's best to keep the area clean by washing once or twice a day, followed by triple antibiotic ointment. If the surrounding tissue seems infected (swelling, redness, tenderness, heat), then antibiotics are usually necessary. If the dog goes on to develop a chronic problem at the site, surgical excision is an option, once infection is treated.
 

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Thanks for the information. I will put some antibiotic ointment on it and will stay take her Sat. I think it was probably just a cyst but want to make sure and also make sure it's healing up.
 

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Spencer has had numerous cysts that have ruptured & have looked just like you describe. As Betsy said, antibiotics are usually prescribed. Also as Betsy said, the cyst can fill up again. Spencer currently has a cyst on his back that has ruptured, healed, filled & ruptured again 3 times. The vet suggested removing it, but at Spencer's age (12 1/2), I have opted to avoid surgery. Since it is just a cyst, it is not dangerous as long as there is no infection. It's definitely worth a trip to the vet though, just to be sure.
 
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