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Old 09-26-2012, 08:50 PM
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Hello everyone. I'm new the forum and wondered if anyone can help me with a question.

I have a 9 year old deer head chihuahua named Titan. He is and has always been in good health. However, last week a weird bump appeared on his chin. It's very red, hard, and looks filled with white puss. Like a white head zit.

I tried to pop it but can't because it's too hard.

I called his normal vet but they won't tell me anything, just take him in and pay. I'm low on money at the moment.

I would appreciate any of your thoughts to what I should do or if it's something worse than acne. He has never had this before until now.

I posted a few pictures as well.

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Oh my goodness that looks painful.
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it's not. It doesn't bother him, he doesn't mess with or scratch it. Almost like he doesn't even know it's there lol. I just notice it.

any suggestions. Does it look like acne or something worse. When I research dog/chihuahua acne, everything states around 0-2 year old for acne. He is 9 years old.

I tried to poke it with a sterilized needle but it wouldn't pop, it's a hard bump with white puss looking head on top.
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Try a hot compress to try and bring it to a head. (Boiled water on cotton wool, hold it in place for a few minutes.) It looks like an infected hair follicle. He may need antibiotics if it gets worse.
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so, does this seem like he will need to go to the vet?
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Ouch! I would get him to the vet. It could already be infected and you don't want it to get worse. My Mom's cat had something similar recently, and it was infected.
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It could be a tooth abscess that is so severe it's worked it's way to the outside (just as some human ones do).

Does his breath smell foul, can he happily & easily eat bones or does he avoid that side of his mouth, can he happily munch on hard kibble etc?

I think a trip to the vet is well in order, especially if it's a bad tooth. Chi's have a habit of serious dental issues, especially if they retained baby teeth (very common) and never had them surgically removed.

Infection in the form of tooth abscesses can cause severe illness or even death in humans & animals, not to mention they are agonising (having suffered on one recently for a couple of weeks).
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hmm, I'm not sure about the tooth thing. He doesn't have bad breath at all. He is eating his same hard kibble he's eating for the last 9 years. He won't change. Picky

anyway, he is eating and drinking normal. thanks for the advise. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow.
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