I'm not sure if I'm doing this right because it's my first post and I've tried to scroll back to see if it had been asked before by a previous poster.
My parents have a 10 year old male shih-tzu and Zack has these lumps on his back that almost look like warts, but grow to a point where they blow up, bleed and a bunch of crud comes out of them, they go away for a little while but the bumps leave a little hole in the skin.
My dad isnt worried about them, but I am because as I'm the designated groomer for the boy (and their other dog) I'm afraid I'll hurt him.
Does anybody with a shih-tzu have those types of skin irritations on their fuzzy family?
He's been to the vet and they've been made aware of the bumps at least on 3 visits (that I've been with my dad on) and they seem more inclined to argue with him about having Zach (the shih-tzu in question) be blood tested before they give over his heartworm pills.
The last visit I was with them on was last year, I'm unaware of what went on this year with his checkup.
Well if the vet is not feeling "inclined" to look at the bumps I would be going to another vet alltogether. I personally have no idea what they could be besides maybe cysts(sp) from how you are explaining them. Sounds pretty nasty though so good luck on getting it figured out.
Actually I finally got Dad to start looking for a new vet for Z and his baby brother Garfield, after the whole arguing over the heartworm thing, he finally got upset when they wanted a waiver this year absolving them from not giving needles.
But yeah, these bumps are gross especially when they break and on a normally white shih-tzu, you see this rapidly red patch of hair develop.
Older dogs get wart like cysts. They are prone to having a waxy excretion come out of them. Using Benzyol Peroxide shampoo made for dogs is very helpful. Won't make them disappear completely, but helps control them. Schanuzers, and standard poodles get them too.
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I have a 13 year old Shih Tzu. It sounds just like what he has also. The vet said they were a greasy wart. Some of them get worse, break and bleed. I have over 20 of them surgically removed because they got so bad. But the cost is minimal. The only draw back is that they have to put him out. Right now he has 2 bad ones on his hip that are beginning to get sore, so I am considering the removal. I just think that at his age it might be too risky. I have found the best treatment is to keep them clean, remove some hair around them. I will sometimes clean off the chunks and put on some Neosporin plus pain ointment. I alternate treatments. The next time I will use a mild dog soap and then dry the area really good. It isn't until they get really big that they get sore. There is also a blood test that they can give the dog to make sure they can tolerate the surgery. Then it is a long time before he has had to have it again. I have found that over all frequent baths with a soothing shampoo works wonders. Hope this helps. Thanks, Vickie
Hey there, not to worry. My Shih Tzu Badger has the same, gross, dark lumps all over him. He is 13 years old and the Vet has looked at the bumps many times. They are pretty common in older dogs as it turns out. He has offered to remove them all, but says it is probably not worth it since they are harmless and it wouldn't be a good enough reason to use anesthesia on an older dog. They are very nasty though and excrete an oozy puss that then hardens. I have found its best to clean them out as often as possible. Other than the one on his neck which he scratches at, Badger doesn't seem to mind the bumps.
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I have a 4 year old shih tzu female that is a perfect little angel. I call her my shadow. Recently she has developed lumps under her skin, mostly on her back. One of them broke open and a lot of pus and blood came out. Then I was able to expel a white core from it, cleaned it and put ointment on it and it healed over. Seemed like a boil to me. Shortly after that, a much bigger one developed next to it. It was swollen pretty bad and felt like it was inflamed. I used "Prid" ointment on it a couple of times. It is a drawing ointment and applied hot compresses. Tonight it broke open and I couldn't believe what flowed out of it. It is very sore to touch. Again, I cleaned it up, applied the hot compresses and ointment and will keep a close watch on it. She seems much more comfortable since I got it cleaned out. I feel so sad for her because she is my treasure and I hate to see her suffering in any way. I am hoping this treatment works out and she doesn't develop any more of these lumps. She also has one on top of her back foot that is raised above the skin and looks more like a big wart. Since I discovered that, I am treating that with ointment as well but if it doesn't clear up I will take her to the vet to check it out.
My shih Tzu Whos only 3 (i have had many shih tzus all who live a long time) has bumps from the disease Siricis (im a bad speller) but many people dont know dogs can get that it isnt common he gets these huge rashes he bites then they bleed and get crusty hes on medication when it acts up Contact your vet and make sure he doesnt bit lick or scratch the bumps
My dog has the very same problem that just start occuring resently..she a almost 5 years old shitzu..and Iam a little worried ..she started getting just one or two now I am finding more on her skin..I took her to the vet and they said if pehaps they grow any larger bring her back...one of the bumps got just a little larger..but not to big...should I take her..please help!
I have had the 10,15 brown and flesh coloured bumps on my shih tzu checked my 2 vets and 2 breeders... they all said the same thing: they are benign skin tumours that should not be removed. All agreed that if you have one surgically removed, many more will grow in its place. If you try to pop them or squeeze them yourself, you can spread them. If they dont interfere with movement, leave them alone. If they bleed, apply a warm damp cloth lightly but that is all. This is something very commin in shih tzus especially as they age.