We had to take Layla to the vet earlier today. She has a small raised bump on the outside toe of her right rear foot. She's had it since we got her in April - she just turned 2 in August - and it's always been pretty small. However in the last 2 months it has gotten larger and uglier (a deeper purple color), and Heather and I finally decided to take her in and have it looked at. She wasn't happy about the vet visit, even after a heaping portion of treats, and the vet had to take a small scraping of tissue to check it out. Rosco was beside himself - he stayed in the car while Layla went inside. Twenty minutes' worth of worrying later, the vet told us it was most likely an inflamed cyst from something like an infected gland or hair follicle that had ruptured, but that we could have it removed and tested to be certain. As we are currently broke, and the spot doesn't bother Layla or slow her down in the slightest, we went with two week's worth of antibiotics as the cheapest/most prudent course. If it looks any worse during that time we'll have to have her go in for surgery. There was a lot of sniffing when Layla returned to the car.
I guess this was a timely reminder of how expensive owning a dog can be. I've seen at least two bassets in our region lately that I would have loved to adopt - one was free and the other is cute enough to make me ignore the adoption fee - but two dogs are enough for the time being. Still... bassets have a way of working themselves into your heart.
The second dog I was ready to adopt (Ollie).