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Would you be able to send me some photos of Alfie's lump please?
That's no problem, is he licking it a lot?
Veterinary care can be expensive, I've included links to both the blue cross and PDSA for you to check if there is a mobile/clinic near you.
https://www.bluecross.org.uk/ - you can click on the am I eligible button and it will take you to a form to complete. Blue cross also does some mobile clinics which may be the fastest way for you to have him looked at.
https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/eligibility - you can fill in your postcode here and they will tell you of a clinic nearby.
In the meantime you can gently bathe it in salt water (half tsp per mug of boiled cooled water) and pat it dry. Avoid putting cream on it for the moment but to prevent him from licking it you can pop a sock on Alfie's leg
The mobile clinics do charge for some services and request contributions as they are a charity. The mobile clinics were closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19, however, they will be opening on a phased basis. You can also check on the site to see if Blue Cross has a physical building near you that you may be able to make an appointment with.
The PDSA has a nominal charge for their services but you must be within a certain distance so the website will be able to tell you where your nearest would be. The PDSA are currently only accepting emergency cases, however if you speak with some of your local practices there may be some charitable organisations that can help you with veterinary fees (eg Thames Valley in Reading)
Yes, Alfie can receive some paracetamol. What weight is he approximately? I will calculate a dose for you.
That's ok, is he a strong staffie? is he carrying any extra weight?
No, paracetamol is all that's available. It's actually a stronger pain killer in dogs that in us humans.
Im based in Northamptonshire
Ok, he's probably around 20kg weight.
If you have calpol 6+ (red bottle) he can have 4ml of that twice per day with a little food.
If you have the 500mg tablets his dose is just under a half tablet twice per day with a little food.
He can have these for 3-4 days initially. Stop if he starts to vomit or have diarrhoea.
Hopefully, it's just a cyst, unfortunately, given his age we need to be a little concerned about some sinister problems.
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Unfortunately, I don't know of any definite places that can provide free care other than some Blue cross clinics and I'm not fully sure of the PDSA's pricing policy as there isn't one near where I am so I've not referred to them as yet.