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Bleeding Barnacles

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cavmad   

My 13 year old cav has what we refer to as 'barnacles' on him. They are wart type things that the vet has told us come with age. He has one on his face near his eye which he has knocked the top off and it bleeds. It doesnt heal. Ive taken him to the vet about it 2 times and both times they have said there is really nothing they can do as he is too old to have it removed. It just wont heal as Im sure he rubs his face when we arent home. Any suggestions on what I can do? Bathe it in anything?

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 My Kelpie had one on her face and like your Cav , she would rub  it and it would bleed and get scabby so we talked to the Vet,  and even though it was harmless we wanted it removed.

Oh and she is nearly 14 ... we just had to get blood tests done before surgery... it was actually delayed 6 months because her bloods showed a problem with  her liver. 

‘I think as long as your Cav gets a clean bill of health then I can’t see why they wouldn’t do it.

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13 hours ago, ♦ Marg ♦ said:

 

 

‘I think as long as your Cav gets a clean bill of health then I can’t see why they wouldn’t do it.

me either. In fact I would be insisting on it.

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They are called senile warts :) and common in oldies.

But vets don't like to remove them unless the dog is under anaesthetic for something necessary. Does your oldie need a dental? That's the best time to do them.
Recently mum Mum's dog had one removed because it was bleeding and she isn't young at all, maybe it depends on what the vet thinks as to whether they deem it cosmetic or appropriate? But if he's continually making it bleed, to me that's something I'd insist on as long as health problems don't prevent it. Being old doesn't immediately rule out a dog having such minor surgery IMHO.

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You could consider going to a specialist hospital. They have the extra equipment and training for special patients, including specialist anaesthesists if required. Our papillon with a serious heart condition had life-saving dental surgery at 15 or 16... it’s about selecting the right level of care for the patient. The specialist hospital we go to says they’d rather operate on a healthy senior than an unwell young adult! I like the dental idea.

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