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My three year old German Shepherd just gave birth to her first litter of puppies 12 days ago.  Both puppies are healthy and thriving and mommy is also doing well; eating and going to the bathroom normally.  A day or two after giving birth I noticed a small flat red sore about the size of a pea on the surface of mommy dog's tongue.  I thought she maybe just bit her tongue accidently while playing with her toy.  But, it has been 10 days now and the sore is still there; not getting any worse but not appearing to get any better either.  Any ideas of what this may be.  I am hesitant to take her into the Vet since she is feeding the puppies very frequently throughout the day and I don" want any germs to be passed along from mommy coming into contact with any other dogs at the Vet's office.  Any suggestions or thoughts you may have would be appreciated.
Tammy

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Hi tammy,

A probability is that this could be associated with Riboflavin deficiency.For the time you can try supplementing Vitamin B Complex.But having said that, ulceration can also occur as a result of systemic diseases involving the kidneys or even cancer. Ulcerations also develop in a strange, mysterious disease called eosinophilic stomatitis and due to a variety of infectious or non infectious causes.Hence long standing cases needs to be addressed medically as soon as possible.
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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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