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Me & my boyfriend have 3 dogs, all about 8 years old. Well trained, well fed, get along very well together. We have a 45 pound female mutt (no clue what breed she is) that mysteriously developed a red sore on her lip. At first we thought she may have burned her face on something but there is literally nothing we could find that would've caused this. She's had it for over a week now. It doesn't look worse and she's acting and eating fine, but it doesn't look to be getting any better either. It's not getting bigger but it does look blood blistered in the center today. I'm afraid to put any anti-biotic ointment on it for fear it will get in her mouth. Any ideas what this could be? Photo attached. Thanks in advance.

This is something that a vet needs to see. There are many things that this might be,but ultimately all of them would need the care of a vet.

She needs to have this examined as soon as possible. It's not a cancer but could be something equally as vexing.

Definitely a hands-on exam is needed in this case.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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