Hi everyone! I have a question I'm hoping someone here my be able to help answer. Our family pet Max, a 9 year old male Cocker Spaniel has a rectal tumor that has started to bleed.
We've tried various size bandaids, the liquid bandaid medicine, "new skin" liquid medicine, and even a spray on med for stopping bleeding - all these work to various degrees. Given the location of the tumor, which is close to Max's anus, it is really difficult to not only apply the bandaids (whether the traditional ones or liquid ones) but also to keep them in place. I feel like I need an extra set of arms to apply the bandaids!!
The tumor is somewhat conical in shape and about two weeks ago starting bleeding a little at the very tip. Some liquid bandaid medicine stopped the bleeding and a small bandaid did the trick - the wound started to scab over and seemed to be healing. I'm guessing Max started biting the area this morning before we let him out of his dog crate and the blood flow was a bit more pronounced - not gushing, but enough to warrant some gauze type bandages rather than a single bandaid.
I spoke to our vet and she said they typically use the liquid bandaid medicine situations like this, and suggested trying that and experimenting with various size bandaids. It's been difficult to keep the bandages clean and in place, since they sometimes get soiled when Max goes out to do his duty and then need replacing.
We haven't had any testing done to determine whether this tumor is benign or cancerous - Max has a number of other health issues, including Cushing's Disease, so at this point we're just monitoring the tumor and noting any changes in size, etc.
I have to admit that seeing blood coming from this tumor really scared me. Max means the world to me and my family and I could just be overreacting, but I am in need of suggestions on how best to get the bleeding under control (currently the bleeding is only a few drops here and there on the gauze bandages rather than the amount we saw earlier today) and how to keep the area bandaged.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions/input......