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Hello, so I hope you can answer my question or at least point me out to someone who can. I have a 2 year old male dog who has a scab on his testicle. I was hoping with time it would fall off and it did but it was bloody and just formed a smaller scab. Now it just seems as if the skin is trying to grow OVER the scab instead of pushing it out. I am worried it might be a tumor but it doesn't seem to be bothering him. It kind of just looks like a black spot on his testicle but upon closer inspection it is very much like a scab. He has other spots that have healed over( from my cat scratching him) that leaves black spots but no scabs. Should I take him to the vet or wait it out and see if it falls off?

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So often dogs with scrotal problems will continue to lick themselves keeping the sore going.  It is rare to get a tumor on the scrotum.  It is important to keep the scrotal area completely dry.  Usually, a steroid creme or a steroid shot will stop the itching and swelling giving it a chance to heal.  If it will not heal, your vet can remove this lesion and find out what it is.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

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Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats

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I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology

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