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Odd mark on dog biting her hips
lovemyroxy posted:

My dog, Roxy, is a 4-5 year old German Shepard/Black Lab mix. Yesterday, after I left for school and my dad left for work, she chewed the left side of her hip raw; however, there were no apparent reasons. Today, when I stopped by to check in on her, she started to chew on the right side, this time about 3 inches above her hip. I took a closer look and noticed this odd, circular mark. It's slightly raised, and while the picture is only good for showing the shape, I noticed it had an odd texture. That, and the bloody ring around it, dissuaded me from thinking it's a mole. I have no clue what this is. She has not chewed any other part of her body, and we've checked her for fleas and ticks (we found none).

She's completely up to date on her shots (we were just at the vet's a few weeks ago for that). She does have a history of Lupus, however, it only affected her nose (it dried it out and chapped it) and thirst (increased it); it has not reared its head this season yet, and we have her medication just in case it does.

The weather has warmed up and insects have been more prevalent. I can't help but wonder if a bug bit her and/or laid eggs, but I don't want to jump to conclusions.

Has anyone seen this sort of thing before? And, if so, other than seeing the vet, what precautions should we take?

Thank you so much for your time.


Sara H.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Thank you for taking a photo and posting it...very helpful. Glad you checked for fleas. You are smart to think of this as one of the most common reasons for your Lab to be fussing with her hind quarters. Some dogs are so sensitive, that it may only take a bite or two from the flea to set off a mad chewing rampage. The bump in your photo appears to be a wart but be sure to check to see if it has any could be a tick! Use a bright and a magnifying glass if necessary to check for legs.

You did not mention how old your pet was. Chewing on both hips may be an indication of underlying hip pain...does your dog have any history of rising more slowly or showing any hesitancy to jump?

Even though you were recently at your veterinarian's .... sounds like it is time to see him/her again.
Best of luck...
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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