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« on: November 14, 2007, 08:00:02 AM »

Not at all sure how to describe this nicely, so I'll just jump right in. It appears that one of my dog's nipples is falling off. He's a male 7-year-old Schnoodle, just FYI. Last Friday I noticed one of his nipples was a little harder, a dark black color, and sticking out a bit farther than usual since I noticed it while rubbing his belly. I watched it for a few days and it didn't change and really didn't look all that bad so decided to wait (I've had another dog with cancer and have jumped the gun WAY too many times on both of them since then on little irregularities that turned out to be nothing).

I started putting Neosporin on it just in case it was infected, and he had a vet checkup scheduled anyway for later in the week so I just waited. Then last night he jumped in my lap and I saw blood on my pants. I got him on his back, and found that the nipple was hanging on barely and looked more like a strangulated skin tag that had turned all black. The skin around it was red and bleeding where it looked like the nipple pulled away. There is no underlying lump and the redness is confined to the area directly under where the nipple is pulling away. It looks like he might have just scratched off the nipple.

Now before I go farther, I took the next possible open vet appt. which unfortunately is tomorrow (only 1 day off when his scheduled appt. was....DARN WEDNESDAY SURGERY DAYS!!!!) because the vet does not think this is an emergency situation. However I am flipping out, my wife thinks I'm nuts, the vet thinks I'm nuts, I'm wondering if everyone else does too!!!

Have any of you had any situation like this or heard of it where a male dog had a nipple that for some reason started sticking slightly out and then was scratched off? Since there is no sign of a lump and the fact that he's male and was neutered as early as possible, the chances of breast cancer would seem highly remote...however, having one dog that went thru mast cell tumor surgery and chemo a few years ago (and survived with no recurrence) has left me paranoid and jumpy. Any takers?
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007, 08:18:13 AM »

CDD-I have no experience with this ,but I don't think you are nuts.Call another vet & see if you can get in right away.Or  an e vet.
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007, 01:58:40 PM »

Is it possible he got it caught on something, or it got ripped in a fight with another animal? It sounds like a wound that got infected somehow. My cat once had a skin tag that got irritated and swollen (not bleeding), and it went down with antibiotics.

I don't think you're nuts to be worried. But if it's gone since Friday without being checked, it probably won't hurt to go another day. If it were me, I'd keep putting Neosporin on it and bandage it if you can, and make sure any swelling and redness doesn't start spreading rapidly (if it does, get to emergency vet right away). Same kind of common sense you'd use for a human with an infected cut. If it's an infection, antibiotics should take care of it. If it's something worse like cancer, I'm not sure that an extra day would make any difference.

Disclaimer: I am not a vet or other medical professional.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 06:38:52 AM »

Just as a follow-up, my dog's vet appt. last week went really well and the vet thinks by the look of it that there was some sort of weird blood vessel issue with the nipple (not real sure on the specifics there) and that it elongated and he just scratched it half off.  He snipped it off and cauterized it and it's pretty much healed at this point.

Just me worrying myself silly about nothing again.

Thanks to all who answered!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007, 08:22:29 AM »

Glad to know that it turned out not to be serious.  Thanks for letting us know.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2007, 10:43:22 AM »

Yes, thanks for coming back with your update.  So many times someone presents a problem
and then never comes back to let us know how it turned out.

Glad your dog is ok.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007, 10:49:21 AM »

Glad it turned out OK!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2007, 01:24:12 PM »

Happy endings make me smile. Grin  Great news!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2007, 03:26:12 PM »

I'm late finding this; I'm very glad your dog is OK!
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2007, 03:27:26 PM »

I love a happy ending too.
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2007, 06:21:37 PM »

CDD

Don't believe that you were worried needlessly at all. Typically the type of thing you are describing is usually something serious, when anything turns black it needs to be taken care of immediately.  Just happened with us here, noticed that the bottom of one of the dogs feet was turning black, got her to the vet and the foot was operated on same day.

Glad that everything turned out OK

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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2007, 08:19:28 PM »

CDD- Glad to hear it was ok.I don't think you worry too much.Might not have turned out well if you hadn't gone in.
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2007, 08:42:37 PM »

CDD:  so glad it was nothing serious.  I don't think you're uts for worrying... I flip out when any of my cats so much as sneeze.   Cheesy
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