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Mass on dog's cheek.

Species: Dog
Breed: Chihuahua
Age: 11-15 years
My dog recently had a cotton ball size mass on her "cheek". Someone told me it was just fatty tissue older dogs get. It now has a small hole and what appears to be blood is draining out however it has a sour smell. She keeps scratching it and licking her nails clean. Not sure if I should take her into a vet or not. Anything helps thanks


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I'm wondering if what you are describing is a carnassial tooth abscess. Here are some other previously asked questions that may help you:

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Dr. MarieDr. Marie is a veterinarian who practices in a busy animal hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. She created Ask A Vet Question as a resource for good, accurate veterinary advice online. Dr. Marie treats dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats. She has been a vet since 1999.

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