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What are Open Wounds?

Depending on the nature of the wound, whether it is a small cut or a large trauma, your veterinarian will need to assess the area and make sure that any other surrounding tissue is not affected. X-rays or ultrasounds may be necessary to ensure that all surrounding tissues, bones and organs are not damaged by the open wound. 

Open wounds can occur from a number of different causes including bites, scrapes, punctures, and cuts. If you know what caused your dog’s open wound, be sure to tell your veterinarian so they can properly treat the wound. If you are unsure what caused the open wound, your veterinarian may need to do some investigative work to determine the cause.

Open wounds in dogs will vary according to three main factors: cause, location and level of contamination. When deciding how to treat open wounds, your veterinarian will consider all three of these factors. There are times when the location of the open wound will affect whether or not it can be sutured closed or properly bandaged. Bacterial infections are common in open wounds and proper cleaning or debridement will need to be done before suturing or bandaging. Open wounds on your dog should be seen by a veterinarian to ensure that they are properly treated and antibiotics prescribed if needed.

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Symptoms of Open Wounds in Dogs

As a responsible dog owner, it is your responsibility to do thorough physical checks of your dog. Take a few minutes each day to check your dog over, looking for any open wounds or symptoms that your dog is in distress. The obvious symptom of an open wound will be an open laceration in the skin. The laceration may bleed profusely or there may be little blood that is present. Other symptoms to look for include:

  • Skin surface is scratched or scraped
  • Bruising 
  • Hair loss
  • Hair matting around the wound
  • Bleeding
  • Pus in or around the wound
  • Obvious pain
  • Redness and swelling

Causes of Open Wounds in Dogs

Open wounds in dogs can occur from a number of different causes. Abrasions or scrapes can occur when the superficial skin layers are scraped. This will cause minor inflammation, some surface bleeding and may cause bruising. Abrasions can occur from your dog biting at their skin, jumping over or digging under fences, fighting or being dragged across a rough surface. 

Lacerations are when your dog’s skin has been cut or torn open. Some lacerations will have clean, smooth edges or they may have jagged edges. Some lacerations will affect multiple layers of tissue depending on what caused the actual laceration.

Puncture wounds or bite wounds occur when an object or tooth pierces the skin and leaves a small hole on the surface. The hole will most likely affect multiple layers of tissue and is most susceptible to bacterial infections. Puncture wounds can easily become abscessed, creating a bigger medical emergency for your dog.

Diagnosis of Open Wounds in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin by asking you questions about your dog’s open wound. If you know the exact cause or suspect you know the cause, share this with your veterinarian. Knowing the cause of the open wound will help them decide how best to treat it. 

Your veterinarian will perform a full physical examination, paying close attention to the area surrounding the open wound. Radiographs may be necessary to rule out any internal trauma or bleeding that your dog may be experiencing. An ultrasound can also be used to assess any damage that has been done internally. 

A complete blood test and biochemistry panel may be ordered to determine if an infection is present. Bacterial infections are very common in dogs that have open wounds.

Treatment of Open Wounds in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin by fully assessing the open wound and stopping any bleeding that may be occurring. Depending on the location and size of the open wound, bleeding may be profuse. Once any bleeding is controlled, your veterinarian will disinfect the wound. Some open wounds will require debridement and irrigation before closure of the wound. Debridement means that any compromised tissue or dead tissue is removed so that the wound can be sutured closed. 

Some open wounds will require wound closure using sutures. Your dog may need to be put under general anesthesia so your veterinarian can surgically close the open wound. If the wound is small enough, your veterinarian may be able to suture without having to use general anesthetic. 

Depending on the location and the amount of skin that is available, your dog may not be able to have an open wound sutured closed. In these instances, your veterinarian will thoroughly clean the wound and then apply bandages to keep it clean. You will be given precise instructions on how to keep the open wounds clean and free of dirt and debris. 

To prevent infection, your veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics. To combat swelling, NSAIDS may also be prescribed. Antibiotic creams or ointments may be applied to some open wounds. Speak with your veterinarian regarding all prescribed medications for your dog.

Recovery of Open Wounds in Dogs

Your dog’s diagnosis will strongly depend on the location and severity of the open wounds. Dogs that suffer from severe blood loss will have a longer recovery than those dogs that are suffering from mild abrasions.

Speak with your veterinarian regarding your dog’s treatment plan and expected prognosis. Once treatments have started, your veterinarian will be able to give you a more precise prognosis and expected recovery time.

Open Wounds Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Dixie
Pittbull mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

none

Our dog, Dixie, has a small laceration (about 1 inch long) on her forehead. It is not actively bleeding and she is expressing no awareness that it's even there. How can I properly treat it since it is so close to her eyes? Should we take her to a vet? She has very wrinkly skin and short fur.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2930 Recommendations

Typically, if you would take your daughter or son to a Doctor for a similar wound, you should visit your Veterinarian. If the laceration is a graze: keep it clean, free of debris and you can apply Neosporin to it; however, if it is deep and the edges are not together it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look and to close the wound as well as possibly getting some antibiotics as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

2 of my dogs are losing fur and open wounds and the areas are getting bigger .

Just a suggestion; it might be helpful if you guys allowed people to upload pictures of their pet's wounds. thanks!

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Hisoka
Mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dont want to eat

My dog has a big hole which is the size of a penny or like a socket of the eye without the eyeball at the back of his legs or his butt. It is not bleeding but his testicles have scratch like wounds that are wet..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Scratching wounds which are wet may be due to HIsoka biting himself; the wound itself is too large to heal quickly on its own, it may require debridement and suturing along with a course of antibiotics. It would be best to speak with your Veterinarian for assessment and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Laurie
Mixed breed
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

On back 3in beside spine
Some pus
Puncture Wound
Can see muscle tissue
Swelling
Has a smell to wound
Some bleeding
Suspected stab wound

What the best route to go my dog has been missing for two days coming home with a puncture wound with the muscle showing she is walking around fine and eating drinking but you can tell she is in pain I don’t have a ride to the vet and I don’t know how old the wound is but I can tell it happened a hours before she came home I cleaned it the best I could and don’t know if I should give her penicillin that’s liquid that was given in the past to my other dog it’s a 3 inch gash and you can feel swelling around the wound and also that something went deep in her side she is my world my baby and I have no way to a vet it’s open and in a bad spot just wanting the best advice with no ride options at the time but thank you for reading she just came home about three hours ago any advice would help looks like a stab wound and is very deep 3inches from her spine on back and is now covered with a bandage maybe you can tell me if I should leave it open or cover it use old antibiotics or just leave it be

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take a taxi to a Veterinarian immediately, I cannot recommend you use any antibiotics given to a different animal since I haven’t examined Laurie and do not know if the antibiotics are in date or have been stored properly in the past. With a wound the size and depth of your description, a visit is necessary immediately or even try to find a Veterinarian which will do a home visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetlocator.com/house-call-vet/house-call-vet-states.html

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Tyriom
Rottweiler Mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Raw spots
Redness
Minor bleeding
Tenderness to touch

Our family dog has a wound a little larger than a silver dollar on the left side of his face. He has recently lost the fur in this area and it is red, raw and slightly bleeding at times...no pus apparent.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any large wound where the margins are not touching will take a long time to heal as healing will occur differently to a smaller cut where the margins are in contact. It would be worth having your Veterinarian take a look due to the size and location of the wound. Your Veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics and will discuss other options based on what they see. For the meantime, it is a case of keeping the wound clean, dry and free of debris; regular cleaning with povidone iodine and applying a thin layer of Neosporin. But please check with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
Great Dane
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

My Great Dane appears to have a small open wound on his back leg up by his tail. No blood and no foul smells or pus discharge not sure how hold it is. And appears to have some scabs on it. What do I need to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If it isn’t causing any trouble and there is no discharge from it, keep it clean, free of debris and keep an eye on it. If it doesn’t show signs of healing (getting smaller) or it starts leaking or gets bigger visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miko
Blue Heeler
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

Hello. My 1 year old blue heeler lab mix has about a dime size chunk of skin missing from his front leg just above the (elbow) joint. It was a result of a dog fight. The other dog has had shots. The divet missing is not swollen, not bleeding, and it seemed like a smooth cut. No pus that I can see but it is watery. Is this something I can treat at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dime sized wound (0.7 inches or 18mm give or take) is a large wound to have in that area and will take a long time to heal due to the movement of skin in the area whilst walking. With a wound this size, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to see if there are any options to help the wound to heal faster; but you should clean it twice per day with dilute chlorhexidine (do not use hydrogen peroxide) or plain saline (contact lens solution). In a wound this size, topical ointments like Neosporin may slow down healing. But ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to get some antibiotics to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog also has this resulting from a dog fight and it’s been 10 days and is taking forever to heal. My dog licks it a lot, but I’m not sure what to do to assist in the healing. We have an appointment to see our vet in ten days so if it doesn’t appear to be making progress I hope to get some help then.

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Spike BubbaGump Jr
Pit bull
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

bleeding pus and he wont stop

my dog has a blister that has blood and pus coming out how can I fix without visit to a vet I am without money at moment it have been this way a week now I just notice that it is on his paw aging after I got the other one fixed

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Bubba or seeing the mass, I can't diagnose or recommend anything. There are many reasons that might be happening, and they can have many different treatments. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that will allow you to at least have him seen and get an idea as to what might be the appropriate therapy for him.

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D'Arcy
Shetland Sheepdog
3
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My Sheltie is 3 and in July I took him to get his annual booster shots. I can't recall off the top of my head what he was vaccinated against, but he must've had a mild reaction to it because a scab developed at the injection point. The scab has been there for long enough that I began to suspect it had dried, separated from the skin and was ready to come off, so I moistened his fur and brushed over the area. However, I was horrified to find as the scab came off that it left a circular wound where the scab had been, which is quite deep but not bleeding and doesn't seem to cause him any pain. He does not seem to be unwell at all and is behaving normally. I've been disinfecting the wound area for the past 2 days with a salt water solution but I am scared about the nature of the wound. Is this a 'wait and see' situation or should I bite the bullet and take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since it has been two months since you initially visited your Veterinarian for vaccinating D’Arcy it would be best to return to see if the vaccination was the cause and for treatment. Until you visit your Veterinarian ensure that you keep the area clean and free of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lala
Husky
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Medication Used

Cephalexin
Tramadol

I noticed two gaping holes in my dog's rear about two weeks ago during a shower, upon doing some research the most reasonable cause seemed to be an anal gland rupture so we decided to take her to the vet the following morning. During the visit they didn't mention anal glands but instead said they believed she somehow managed to hurt herself and continued licking the wound until I noticed it, so they cleaned her up, gave her some sutures, and some pain killers. Within two days the sutures reopened. The thing is she is currently being treated for Thorombocytopenia, which is costing us a lot and the cleaning and sutures themselves were about $600. About 3 days after the sutures were done we had an appointment with her blood specialist and told her about our other situation (the sutures) and she told us she thought it'd be fine if we just kept it clean and that some Neosporin would help as well. So for these past two weeks we've been cleaningtra it and dressing it with Neosporin daily. So far one of the wounds has closed up and is healing really well but the second one is still open and still looks deep. It isn't bleeding, doesn't look infected or inflamed. We don't want to pay another $600 only for the wound to reopen and end up in the same position. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Open wounds, especially deep ones, can take a long time to heal as the healing process takes a lot of time compared with a wound where the margins are opposed; given the location I would recommend you having the wound closed again with a more suitable type of suture pattern for tension in the skin like a mattress suture. Without examining the wound thoroughly, I cannot give any further specifics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Levi
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has a 2 inch gash between his back leg and stomach. It is not bleeding but looks very deep. I think I see muscle. Are stitches required or will it heal on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is deep, it may require stitches especially in that area where the skin is constantly moving whilst walking; without seeing the wound myself I cannot say if stitches are needed or not but from your description it is likely. You should let your Veterinarian check the wound to determine whether it should be sutured or not; also a wound that size in that location would be at risk of secondary infection so antibiotics would be warranted. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chocolate
Shih Tzu
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog had 2 tumours removed few days ago, one on his left leg and another on his eye lid. The veterinarian said to avoid contact of any liquid on the open wound and his eye, but today we accidentally did that while trying to clean his face with a wet cloth.

Not sure if its because of what we did or something else,he doesn't open his eye as often as before when I came home at night. Is there any way that we can help him with his recovery or can we know roughly what's going on and why can't his eye get in contact with water, because we used to clean his eyes with a saline solution as advised by the veterinarian.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian may be concerned about the wound getting wet if the sutures are particularly tight as wet skin may get damaged easily and cause dehiscence. Getting wounds wet may also cause a wound to heal more slowly or increase the chance of secondary infection; a small one off event of getting the wound wet shouldn’t be a big problem but prolonged exposure to water may cause issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Labrador Retriever
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Watery liquid discharge

Hello..
I have a Labrador, he had his hygroma tumor operation on elbow last friday..
Now yesterday his stiches got broken due to his activities like jumping, so now wound is open and our vet said that it cannot be resutured back..
And wound is open now..
I am worried what should i do now..
He gave some powder containing "Acriflavine, copper sulphate pentahydrate & polium margosa" to apply topically on his wound...

How much time will it take to heal ??

And can an open wound be healed without any covering ??
Its rainy season in INDIA m afraid that it may cause infection due to season


Please help me..
I am soo much worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with the elbow is that there is little skin for suturing after a mass removal and if the sutures come undone, any damage to the margins of the wound may make it unable to suture the wound closed again. There are some techniques which may help create more skin for suturing like meshing the skin, but these are still restricted due to the lack of overall skin around the elbow. The wound will close, but it will take a long time as the wound margins are not in contact; rainy season in India with the humidity will not help prevent infection, if you have concerns visit another Veterinarian for an opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buster
Jack Russell
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

Medication Used

none

My dog somehow has an open wound on the left side of his rib cage. I never saw any blood. He seems like it doesn't bother him. It's a clean cut. I looked at it, and there's no damage on the inside. It just looks like he may have sliced it on the fence possibly? I dont have the cash for an emergency vet visit. Can I treat at home? I have benodine, liquid omnicef, bandages and Mupurocin ointment. Would that be OK to give him? He seems fine. I'm more worried than he is it seems. Haha

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Home treatment with Betadine may help and applying an antibiotic ointment may help as well, if the wound is open (margins not together) then healing will take a long time; if the margins are together healing will be faster. I wouldn’t allow Buster to go out, but a course of systemic antibiotics may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baloo
Blue Heeler
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My blue healer has an open wound on his leg that he is constantly licking and seems to be getting worse because he constantly is chewing at it/licking it. What Can I do for him at home to help him stop chewing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The only thing you can do at home to stop him is to place a cone on him so that he cannot reach the paw; sometimes there are no short cuts. A cone with regular cleaning will help to get the paw healed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bruno
Yorkipoo
2 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog has a wound on his back left leg. i saw today when I gave him bath. He got haircut 2 weeks ago. I don't know what happened. I didn't see this before. It's not bleeding and very small.What can I put on him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being, keep the wound clean and free of debris; cleaning with dilute chlorhexidine would be best and you can apply Neosporin to the wound but make sure that Bruno doesn’t lick it off. If there is no improvement in the wound, you see pus or there seems to be dead tissue you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tracy
German Australian Shepherd
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My friend's dog was injected with anti scab drug. the injection was only a DIY and was not administered by a vet. After a few days, the injection site grew into a penny-size hole where the muscle-like part of the dog's back can be seen. Another dog of an aspin breed (a native breed here in the philippines) was given the same drug but the injection site did not turn into a penny size hole. The aspin dog did not also receive vaccines when he was a pup. What could have cause the penny like hole in my friend's dog? is it a reaction to the vaccine when she was a pup? She's 7 month old now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In countries like the Philippines, India and others in between, prescription medicines can be bought easily by anyone and the use or misuse is contributing to a large problem particularly with antibiotics. Anyway, if appropriate steps are not taken, infection can be introduced into the skin which can cause necrosis of the skin; the other dog may have already come into contact with that infection so was able to fight it better. However you should keep the wound clean using a dilute antiseptic, but the wound may require debridement to help it to heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kozmo
Shih-Tzu
6 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My Dog has an open cut by his butt that first appeared a couple months ago. It seems slightly deep, there is not much blood present other than just a bit, and there isn’t any pus, except maybe some fluid. It heals but he licks it and it reopens. I can see that it hurts him when it reopens. Whenever it heals, I notice the slit is not fully sealed, so it’s prone to reopening. I am not sure what happened, or caused this, since he is an indoor dog. I am concerned regardless and am unsure if a visit to a Veterinarian will help, especially being on a tight budget. Any help please on what I can do to make him better? Thank you so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A visit to your Veterinarian would be valuable to check the wound and to determine whether there is an underlying issue like an infection or some other cause causing the wound to reopen; your Veterinarian may recommend suturing the wound closed to help with healing. Without examining the wound and check the skin tightness, I cannot give you much information but a chronic issue like this should be checked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Callum. I took him to the veterinarian today and he will get better soon. Much appreciated!

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Bruno
Labrador
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My boy bruno (labrador) got wound at the end (not complete end) of his tail 10 days back. from day 1 we had applied some ointment and wound got dried. but next day due to swagging tail. wound got open, again we applied some ointment with cotton and some medical tape around it. now when i open the medical tape. the wound still is fresh and layer of skin around it peeling off. its got bad smell too. please do help me with solution. i am afraid.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Wounds on the tail can be very difficult to treat, especially if a dog can chew it or they just bang their tail against a door frame or chair when they are happy making it worse. It is important to keep the wound clean with a dilute antiseptic and then to apply a topical ointment to the area. If the wound isn’t too bad, I would let air get to it to help it heal; if you continue to have difficulty you may need to visit your Veterinarian to check viability of the skin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi.my dog has a hole like wound above his right arm. I have just noticed it this morning. There isnt much blood. But it is quite big and deep. It doesnt look like a wound from maggots bec its a single wound and larger. What is it, and how can he be treated. Thank you

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clifford
German Sheprador
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

my german Sheprador fought with another dog and ended up getting a really big cut almost a hole on the very top of his head we applied an antibiotic powder but it hasn't healed and also he isn't eating what should we do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep the wound clean (like with dilute chlorhexidine - peroxide will delay healing) and free of debris as well as applying an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin); large wounds can take a while to heal especially on the top of the head where the margins of the skin may be apart which can cause prolonged healing. It is important to encourage eating, try giving a different food (like a wet food) to try to tempt him to eat. If it has been five days or more since the fight and you haven’t noticed any improvement in the wound I would advise you visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Rotty cross
11 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ruptured tumour

Medication Used

Metacam

My dog had a cancerous tumour removed from her back leg. The tumour has regrown to original size within three months. The tumour has ruptured. There is no skin to remove the tumour again and at 11yrs old I wouldn’t put her through it again. She is end of life and has an open wound which now smells quite badly. We see the vet every two/ three weeks. My dog is now on Matacam as steroids didn’t agree with her. She has lost 4 kilos over 8 weeks. She has a mass in her abdomen too. I know it’s a matter of time and at the moment she has no pain and seems a happy dog. The vet hasn’t recommended anything to put on the open wound. Is there anything I can put on it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Stella seems like a happy enough dog, continue with the Metacam (meloxicam) and just keep any open wound clean and free of debris; I understand that this time surgery is out and amputation would do little given the mass in the abdomen. The wound should be left and just kept clean; there is nothing much more to do given the circumstances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Memphis
Labrador Corso
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licks it often

Hi.
My 2yr old lab has an inch long laceration on his inside upper front right leg.
I believe this was caused by a thorn but I'm not certain.. there is no fur around the area..its just skin about the diameter of a penny coin.. please help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any small cut or break of the skin may be treated with regular bathing with an antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment to the area (like Neosporin); however given the location it may take some time to heal due to the movement of the foreleg and other factors. If you do not see any improvement you should check in with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shelby
Beagle Shepherd
9 years
Fair condition
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My beagle developed a blister near her rectum. It has turned into an open wound due to our other dog licking it. Less than a quarter inch long it has some discharge but very little. Treating with antibiotic cream. Should I bandage it ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Until it is healed, you should separate your dogs if your other dog keeps licking the area; also you should visit your Veterinarian if there is drainage as topical ointments may not be sufficient and a course of antibiotics may be required to heal speed along recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gerrard
Staffordshire Terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound
Vomiting
Wont eat but will drink
Frail and shaky
Sticky eyes
Wound looks yellowish

My poor boy has scratched his neck to the point he has an open wound (he is regularly treated for fleas) it looks very wet and yellowish, a day since this happened he seems very unwell, sticky eyes, vomiting, wont eat and he seems quite shaky and frail? Im in panic mode. Do i take him to a vet or is there anything i can do for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would visit your Veterinarian as the wounds may be contaminated and infected which will require cleaning with dilute chlorhexidine and a course of antibiotics. The hardest thing will be to stop him from scratching. The underlying cause for the scratching needs to be established which may be due to infections, allergies, parasites etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 15-30lb cockapoo who has been scratching a lot this passed week. She has multiple small cuts around her body and they are perfect circles. They don't look like scratches. At first I thought that it was fleas but I have triple checked her and even applied a flea treatment two days ago to her short fur and she has continued to scratch.

Hoping to hear soon.

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Jaspwr
Beagle
7 months
Fair condition
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Hello,

My 7 month old Beagle, Jasper, unfortunately fractured his oblique and needed surgery to stabilize the leg. His stitches healed and his Vet removed the pin that was inserted in his leg from the surgery 2 weeks ago, however, he kept the plates inside his leg. He has been at his Vet’s hospital for about 8 days and I brought him home and two days later noticed an odor coming from his cast. We took him in Asap and his vet discovered an open sore on his leg where one of his stitches were. Luckily, it has not been infected and he’s giving antibiotics to prevent infection. My question is, how long can an open sore take to heal and how can this affect the bone healing internally? Do I have to worry about the plates moving? He’s been confined to a crate the majority of the time. He’s a puppy and is very hyper so that has been difficult for him. Please advise.

Thank you,

Lina

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that the wound was discovered early and action was taken with antibiotics but the size of the wound and depth would give a bearing on the time for recovery; open wounds heal different from normal cuts where the margins are touching. It is a case of looking for improvement day by day in the healing and ensuring that it doesn’t get infected; the plate in the leg shouldn’t be affected if it isn’t exposed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eira
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Laceration

Our dog badly injured the top of her paw this evening, we believe as a result of being clipped by a car.
The wound covers at least half of the top of her paw and the vets have said it is down to the bone.
They have said it is unlikely that they will be able to stitch it and instead will have to treat it as an open wound.
How much longer does it take to heal if treated as an open wound?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This type of wound would take a lot longer to heal because instead of two wound margins bonding together, healing is done from the bottom up which is a much longer process which can take weeks. It is best if you keep the wound clean and free of debris as well as allowing air to it; the problem comes with licking, biting and knocking the wound which can delay healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tofu
Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie)
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound
No discharge
Lack of activity
No odor
Trouble Walking
Excessive licking

My dog had been excessively licking her left side to the point where she began losing fur. The patch gradually got larger and larger. We tried to bandage up the area to prevent her from licking but she found a way to move the bandages. The patch is now quite large and I see baby furs beginning to grow out. However, due to the excessive licking, it seems like her flesh has some raw spots. There was some slight bleeding last night. However today, I noticed that some skin is beginning to flake off. There is no bleeding today. But she’s been crying nearly all day and she seems unable to walk. She is also constantly laying on the side of her injury. I have been applying triple antibiotic ointment to her skin every few hours. Is there anything else I can do to further her recovery? I also have an e collar that I put on her when I feel necessary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep the cone (e collar) on Tofu all the time since she is sneaky and is getting around the bandages; if you are seeing improvement with the current therapy I would continue on the same path. Make sure any wounds are bathed with a dilute antiseptic and an antibiotic ointment is applied; you should visit your Veterinarian if you haven’t already so that they can assess the condition and may be able to prescribe something to help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skyler
Golden Retreiver
10 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

none

My 10 year old dog had a split toe nail, took her to my vet, they removed the toe nail, no stiches, or staples. They left it open, that was back in September, it's her back right foot, last toe nail, had x-rays done, went to follow up, now it's worse then before the toe nail was removed,looks like her toe was amputated,it will scab but then when she goes outside the scab will come off and bleed, what home remedies can I use to help the toe heal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There aren’t any home remedies for this, regular cleaning and stopping her from walking on and licking the paw is best; if it is bleeding regularly you should get your Veterinarian to either suture the paw or bandage it up and have it changed regularly. If the bleeding is really bad, surgery may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flash
Basset Hound
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

Medication Used

amox

My dog had surgery to remove a lump and sutures after the operation. However, he managed to rupture them and had an open wound. We took him to the vet again and this time, he made stitches. However, he managed to rupture them the second time simply by rolling over. He cannot lick the wound but the stitches opened when he rolled over. At this point in time, I am not sure another round of stitches will help since I cannot stop him from moving. I tried to cover the wound with bandage but it is coming off. The wound is about 10 cm long, not sure what to do next.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be frustrating when an overactive dog keeps opening sutured wounds and all Veterinarians can sympathise with seeing the occasional dog turn up (sometimes every morning) due to sutures coming undone. Sutures are important to help the wound heal quickly and to prevent contamination by dirt and debris; at this point I would strongly recommend caging Flash for a week to restrict his movement to prevent recurrence, I know it may break your heart to do so but it is in his best interest long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chaz
King Charles Yorkie
7
Mild condition
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My cavalier was cut on the throat by the groomer,who took him to the vet .The vet the skin was too thin to stitch but it's about 2 inches long although not bleeding.Should I take him to my own vet in case he needs antibiotics

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is superficial, it may not require any treatment apart from a little bathing with a dilute antiseptic; if you have concerns, you should visit your Veterinarian to put your mind at ease about Chaz. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
pitbull
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

open ,bloody and raw

We have a pitbull pup and the tip of her tail was bitten off but her dad after she got in between him and the mum in a scuffle.
it seems to be a bit swollen and she will not leave it alone. what would be the best thing to get it healed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should place a cone on Lexi to stop her from biting at the tail, bathing the end twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin can be useful. However, if there is no improvement, you notice discharge or is turning dark in colour you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Shih Tzu
3 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Light

Simba is a 3 day old Shi-Chi mixed puppy,part of his tail has falling off due to him being stuck between the bars of moms cage. What can I do to ensure that it’s cleaned properly and healing well? I can’t afford to go to the vet until later next week.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are very prone to infection and sepsis, and it would be best to have SImba examined before next week to make sure that he is okay. Many veterinary clinics to offer a 'free first exam' that may allow for him to be seen. In the meantime, make sure the area is clean and free of fecal contamination. I hope that he does well.

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Duchess
Labradoodle Greyhound Mix
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
discomfort
Bleeding

My dog has two cuts that I found while taking her outside for a walk. The first one is bigger than the other. It only bleeds when she moves around and she limps while walking. Only one of the cuts has a small amount of puss along with blood when she moves, the other just bleeds. I cleaned around it with gauze and a small amount of salt water. (Some people have said to use 1 teaspoon of salt and pat it on the cut) I even removed some fur around the cut just to be sure that fur will stay out. I'm still worried about her because it hurts her a lot when she moves. Is there anything else I should be doing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should give Dutchess plenty of rest and clean the wounds two or three times per day with a dilute antiseptic and then apply Neosporin to the wounds; however the presence of pus is worrying and you should visit your Veterinarian to determine if the larger wound needs suturing and if antibiotic are required due to infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shalu
Pug-A-Mo
3 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pus is comming from wound

Sir, My pug was given antibiotic injections for four days for skin infection by veterinarian . Skin infection was controlled. But back side of the right leg where the injection was given is infected. Small hole appears there. Push is comming out of it. I have cleaned the wound applying antiseptic cream. No result was found. What can I do at this stage.Is it curable or any dangerous to life.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Shalu, I'm sorry that is happening to him. If he is truly only three days old, I would not wait too long to take him back to his veterinarian, he may need to be on oral antibiotics in addition to the injections if the infection is that bad, and if he is that young, he is at risk of sepsis. Regardless of his age, sometimes infections do happen at the point of injection, especially multiple injections, and he will need to be treated for that. I hope that he recovers well.

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Kuttu
Dachshund
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Little pus formation from the wound
Redness

My dog started biting his tail resulting in a very large wound because of which his tail had to be amputated a few days back.The veterinarian closed the wound with sutures,but today I woke up to see that he had torn away the sutures and there is a large open wound with little chance of resuturing,there is no bleeding from the wound,but the bone is exposed at the site of amputation.He is on a course of antibiotics and pain meds prescribed by the veteranrian from the last visit.What can I do about this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a dog with a history of biting his tail, Kuttu should have had a cone placed on him to prevent his from biting the sutures. At this point, you should still return to your Veterinarian to have the wound assessed and to manage the wound as best as possible since leaving it fully open will prolong healing time and will increase the risk of secondary infection. Once your Veterinarian has done what they can, please place a cone on Kuttu to prevent this from happening again during healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Morkie
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi, my dog has had a wound under his eye for quite some time now. It bleeds slightly and when i try and take off the dried blood it starts bleeding again. I've took care of it in case of infection. But i'm just worried since it doesn't go away.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Milo today. I'm not sure what treatment he has received for possible infection, but sometimes these wounds need antibiotics. if he hasn't been to see your veterinarian to have the wound assessed, that would be a good idea. If he has seen your veterinarian and the wound continues to be a problem, things to consider are a resistant infection or a foreign body. Your veterinarian will be able to assess the wound and advise the best course of action for him.

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Thor
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Small wound
Swollen Joints

Hi
I have to Siberian huskies and they tend to play rough but this time my older husky thor has gotten hurt from their playing. He has a small wound on his leg. He was bleeding but I have cleaned it with water and put a cold compress. He is limping and it seems like it might be all swollen. Should I take him to the vet? Or continue with keeping the wound clean and cold compress.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Thor seen by your veterinarian, as dog bites and scratches can get infected quickly, and he sounds like he is painful from the injury. Your vet will be able to examine him and make sure that the injury heals quickly. I hope that he does well.

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Tyson
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My lab is suffering from infection in the testicles and scrotum. Veterinarian has prescribed him antibiotics but the lesion on testicles is not healing. Instead pus comes and the wound always is wet. And is very painful for him.. Similar small lesions are there on various areas of scrotum . Please suggest something

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Thank you for your email. Tyson may have a fungal or bacterial infection that isn't responding to the medications prescribed. Since he isn't responding as your veterinarian expected, it would be best to have a recheck and have your veterinarian look at the area - he may need different medications, or a culture, or it may be something that your veterinarian wasn't expecting. I hope that it resolves soon.

Any home remedies that would resolve that? Coz we have tried all possible things.. He suffers from the thing every winter and rainy season

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Iriss
Mini Australian ShepherD
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

gouge like wound

My puppy has a wound on her side. She had been fine when I went to shower when I came out she had a nickel size wound on her side. It is a small Gouge Like someone took a melon Baller to her side. I have three dogs. They like to roughhouse so it may have been from rough play. She doesn’t seem to be in distress so I flushed the wound with Celine and bandaged it with a little bit of antibacterial cream. The wound is not actively bleeding. Is there anything else I can do for her or should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound isn’t bleeding and if it hasn’t penetrated a body cavity you should keep the area clean by bathing it at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to the area. These types of wounds can take a long time to heal and you may need to visit your Veterinarian for antibiotics or other treatment if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Pit bull
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not sure

My dog has cancer not sure what kind. The vet said it was the second to worst kind a dog could get. I think it’s similar to breast cancer. She had surgery last week to remove a mass from her abdomen and the hole still hasn’t closed or changed or anything. She’s leaking fluid, it’s a pinkish color. How can we get the hole to close up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A week or so after surgery it is common for Veterinarians to ask owners to return to a clinic for a post surgery examination to see the progress of wound healing and to remove sutures if applicable; if there is an open wound, this would need to be seen by your Veterinarian and possibly sutured closed (as well as debridement etc…). Without examining Ginger, I cannot say for sure what the next step should be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Labrador
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

My black lab mix is 15 and a half. She has we believe a benign hairless tumor behind her left ear. The size of a large egg. It recently opened in the middle (circle) and tried to scab but its not healing. The circle, opening, is getting bigger. About the size of a nickel. Sometimes a tiny bit of blood is left where shes laying. The vet said surgery is the only answer. I dont want her to undergo surgery but am concerned about the exposed opening on the tumor. Is there anything I can put on it to help it heal? Or because the skin is so thin it wont heal? I would greatly appreciate your help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I can't say for sure without seeing Molly, but as dogs get older, they do get tumors that just don't heal, and need to be managed. If you are concerned about having surgery, there may be medications to keep it from getting infected, or wraps that you can leave on it sometimes - your veterinarian can guide you through that, as I haven't examined her. I hope that she does well.

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no name yet
Pit bull
3 Days
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

my moms dog had a litter of puppies 3 days ago. i noticed one of the pups bellybuttons was a little greenish. later that day i went to show my mom and the puppy, to make sure she knows and keeps and eye on it. then the puppy stretched out and i noticed a good sized gash, in the crease of the inside of his little leg. the wound is stsying moist, because of where it is, and it looks infected from the cut to his bellybutton, around the wound is also hard. we dont have the money to go to a vet. se we are at a loss here on what to do for this little guy. please help!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining the puppy, I can't be sure whether it will be okay. Puppies can succumb to infection very quickly as they are so small, and it would be best to have the puppy seen by a veterinarian to assess whether antibiotics are needed. There are many clinics that offer a 'free first exam', and if there is one in your area, that would allow the puppy to be seen. I hope that he is okay.

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Rza
Basset Hound
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Lesion
Minimal bleeding

My dog (Bassett hound) just recently got bit on the ear by another dog. There is minimal bleeding and I’m doing Neosporin and gauze wrap on the ear so she doesn’t lick it she’s eating and drinking fine, just want to know how long it will take to heal and is there any other home care I can do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from continuously applying Neosporin and putting a bandage on the ear, you should also clean the wound at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and pat dry before applying Neosporin. If you notice the wound isn’t healing, is warm, black or has discharge you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mollie
Beagle
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Smell
Oozing
Swelling

Medication Used

Carprofen
Baytril

Our dog was shot by a stupid kid who got a pellet gun for Christmas, there is an entry wound on the right shoulder and an exit wound on the left. Thankfully no serious injuries were done internally. The entry wound has already closed up, the exit wound was not able to be stitched up. The vet just recently gave us stronger antibiotics due to lots of drainage and a foul smell. Two days after our last vet visit where they cleaned it out, it is still oozing badly and her leg/paw of that shoulder are swollen and hurting our dog. Is this normal? Will the new antibiotic begin to work soon? The vet said it was fine but the swelling has not gotten better and the drainage is still bad.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Exit wounds are always more difficult to heal than entry wounds as they are generally larger and don’t have as clean wound margins as the entry wound; if there is an infection and difficulty in healing it may be worth discussing wound debridement with your Veterinarian to create clean health wound margins and then suture the wound closed. Also, if this antibiotic isn’t effective I would recommend having a culture and sensitivity test done to find a more suitable antibiotic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
German Shepherd
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

"Weeping" wound
Licking often
Biting
Open wound

My German Shepherd, Buddy has a medium sized open wound on his tail, closest to his lower back. We bathed him in some medical shampoo for dogs, only to discover a day later that he has two more about an inch away from each other. He keeps biting and licking them, not to mention scratching himself. This is odd as he has taken his flea treatment and has gotten a bath about a week ago. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the wounds on the tail which may include stud tail (primary condition with secondary infection), infected wound among other causes; you should place a cone on Buddy to prevent him from licking and biting the area. It is important to keep the area clean with a dilute antiseptic; if the wounds are large and open you should visit your Veterinarian since systemic treatment may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you! Buddy has gotten home from the Vet with some antibiotics! We were told that if the scratching persists, we may need some more medication. Thank you very much for your quick reply!

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Iriss
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Wound 7in down from shoulder

Last night my puppy had a wound on her side. Just a gouge in the skin. No deep penetration. I used dissolvable stitches and some local painkiller to close the wound after rinsing it with Celine and Betadine solution then I rap her up like I’m supposed to,come morning she had eaten through the bandage And licked the stitches clean off. So this morning I rinsed her again and used a technique to close scalp laceration‘s by taking two hairs and twisting them to bring the skin together and tying it off. Then i put a doggie T-shirt on her I applied an anti-septic cream to a maxi pad and stuck to the inside of the T-shirt over the wound.Her mood has not dampened she still bouncy and energetic as ever but being a nurse I know the importance of wound care but being it’s my puppy that’s hurt I’m unsure of myself. I will not be able to get to a veterinary clinic until Monday I’m in the middle of nowhere all I have to help her are the skills I have and the contents of my first add box.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining the wound, or knowing what the cause of the wound might have been, I can't comment on what wound care might be needed. Wounds do often require antibiotics, and it would be best for you to vivis tyour veteirnarian on Monday to have Iriss examined and see if any medications might be required. In the meantime, keep the wound covered so that she can't lick at it, and monitor it for signs of infection - redness, swelling, purulent discharge. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Mickey
Rat Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Multiple Sores
Large Bump near Groin
Eccessive Licking
Reoccuring Sores
Large Hard Underlying Bump
open sores

Medication Used

Entederm Ointment

HI,

Our dog, Mickey (Jack Russel/Rat Terrier), has an open, round wound on his hind leg. We have taken him to the vet to get it checked out and were prescribed an antibiotic which seemed to clear it up. After ending the use of the medication, the wound began again. We are now concerned because it seems that another open sore, almost identical to the sore on his leg, has appeared on his underbelly near his groin. Along with this new sore, a hard lump, pretty large in circumference has also developed in the same area (near his groin). He is consistently trying to lick the wounds and when told "no" he does listen but also whimpers (so it seems they are a big discomfort for him).
Our dogs (we have two of the same; brother and sister) have free range to our backyard and are taken on walks and to the dog park (once every 2 weeks). Mickey also loves to go kayaking, so we are not concerned with them being bored or prone to anxiety. But we question whether these sores could be some type of parasite? Though, Mica (Mickey's sister) has not contracted anything and they are together all day, every day.
Mickey has a vet appointment in a week but we are seeking another possible explanation for his condition seeing as the last vet visit did not help him.
Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since the antibiotics seemed to work for the first wound, that suggests that at least part of what was happening was a bacterial problem. If the same wound has recurred, and now another one has appeared, he may need to have a culture done of the area, or a biopsy. Without seeing him, I'm not sure what might be happening, but your veterinarian may want to do further follow up testing to determine why these wounds keep occurring. I hope that everything goes well for Mickey.

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Bo
Labrador
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

My dog recently had surgery to remove a growth on his hind leg.But the stitches came loose and now there is not enough skin to restitch it. My dog now has an open wound where you can see the muscle in his leg.It is about as large as a golf ball.The vet has stitched a gauge and to his leg to cover the wound and antibiotics etc have been prescribed. Will my dog require a skin graft or surgery to close the wound or will a wound that big close by itself. It is quite a large hole and I can't see how the wound can heal without the skin having something to attach to to mend. What are your thought or how or if this wound will close up?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Leg wounds can be challenging, as that is an area where there is not an excess of skin. Wounds do heal over time, and scar in to close. If your veteirnarian has looked at the wound and advised you that it will close, it would be best to take their advice - typically those types of wounds require frequent bandage changes and monitoring. I hope that all goes well for Bo.

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Chipom
Chihuahua
1 Week
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Our one week newborn cross-breed Pomeranian/Chichuahua puppies suddenly have several cuts in their head area. We are not sure if it is because they were accidentally stepped on by their mother. One of the two puppies bled a lot that day because when we came home yesterday night there are lots of blood stains in their box but this morning they didn't bleed anymore but they are very weak. We are still trying to help them to feed from their mother but one of them doesn't able to suck anymore maybe because he's very weak already. What can we do to help those puppies? Any home remedies? Since we cannot afford to bring them to he vet. Thanks much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any cuts or scrapes should be cleaned regularly with a dilute antiseptic and you need to encourage nursing; if the pup isn’t nursing you should get some puppy formula and tube feed but I highly recommend that you get someone with experience to show you how to tube a puppy since a wrong move can result in death. If finances are a concern, you should try to find a charity clinic which will be able to assist you and check the pup over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vaco
French Bulldog
8 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

yellow crust
Pain

My dog has a narrow, around 2-3cm long yellowish crust on the side of his face that is obviously hurting him. I thought it was a leaf or dirt so i tried to take it off and he tried to bite me (he never bites). What could it be?

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Without examining Vaco I cannot say what the specific cause of this crust is, but there may be an abscess or oozing wound which you are unable to see; in this instance you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine where this crust originated from and to clean and treat any wound or abscess as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diezel
Doberman Pinscher
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Clean edge wound
Surgical wound
Difficult healing
Open wound
Nonhealing surgical wound

Our dog recently underwent the surgical removal of a mass on the anterior aspect of his right front leg. The vet's incision extends from maybe an inch or so up the distal aspect of the humerus, down the proximal radius, totaling maybe 5 inches. According to that vet, the tumor was "wrapped around a major vein" in his arm, necessitating ligation, so some of the superficial tissue layers have been dissected from the underlying tissue around the area as well. The wound has been sutured together twice now, each time resulting in tearing due to the location; it is virtually impossible to keep the leg immobilized at this juncture. We've been recommended to have "laser" wound treatments, with the next option being amputation if the wound does not heal. I have scoured the internet high and low for alternative options for wound healing in this location on dogs, but there has been nothing useful or practical thus far. I am subsequently reaching out for advice on if these are truly our only options. I'm very frustrated as a dog owner who has had to essentially quarantine, sedate, and subject my dog to painful dressing changes, soaks, and various treatments, for two solid weeks with no end in sight. But, almost even more so, as a fellow medical professional; in my experience, an operation would never be carried out on a patient if there was little to no chance of wound healing. If this were the instance, this information would be fully disclosed preoperatively; we would never give it a good ol' college try, wait for things to inevitably go wrong, and then suggest total limb amputation as a fix.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what your question is, but I have seen laser therapy and frequent bandage changes help heal wounds in very difficult surgical locations. Every surgery is not in an ideal location, and often the healing process can be challenging. If you do not feel confident with your veterinarian's opinion, you may want to seek the opinion of a specialist, as they are often able to provide spectacular advice on wound healing. I hope that all goes well with Diezel.

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Shirley
American bully
3 Years
Mild condition
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My female dog accidentally scratched one of puppies on the back exposing its flesh my funds are low right now can't afford vet what should I do wound is about size of my pinky nail there eyes are still closed? It's not bleeding but when you touch it you can see the flesh of puppie.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a full thickness flesh wound, you should keep the area as clean as possible using a dilute antiseptic and prevent the mother from licking the area; however, regardless of cost you should take the puppy to a Veterinarian or charity clinic as this does require veterinary attention and the risk of secondary infection is high given puppies poor immune system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has had these missing patches of fur on both sides of his body since I got him from the humane society. Recently he has been scratching at them and they have opened up. I keep doing what I can to cover them up by wrapping it with bandages or putting him in a shirt but it seems like everytime it scabs over he re-opens it up. What should I do?

My dog was palying with my other dog and got a very small cut on his leg. He keeps licking it and also my other dog at times. I have just got a dog collar hoping this will stop him from licking it. Its is now the size of a 50p and a little rased. I do 12 hour shifts so can not be with him all the time. Is there anything I can do, more than a dog collar to help him? He is still playing as always and eatting the same.

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Lilly
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating constantly
Cant poop

My dog has a large open lump at the base of her tail the size of two golf balls. Its lightly bleeding but liquid is constantly leaking from the lump. Cant poop but tries.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Lilly, I am not sure what the lumps might be, or why she is having problems defecating. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can see the lumps, give her a good exam, and determine what might be going on and what treatments would be best to make her more comfortable and resolve her problems. I hope that she does well.

Its 2 lumps connected and about 2-3 inches wide and the skin is ripped open over About half of the lumps

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Spotty
Pomeranian
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Big Cut
excessive bleeding

My dog spotty got a big cut on his left body (about 5 inches) after chasing the cat in our backyard. We immediately went to his vet to check. Upon checking the vet told us that there is a pea size of liver went out. She then told us that there is a minimal chance that our spotty would survived and advised us to euthanize our dog. But we still decide to just stitch the cut, after the operation the vet then told us that there is still a 1/4 of liver that they cant let in to his body before they gave a full stitches. 24 hrs later we visited our spotty and seen him with full energy. Is there a chance that our dog can survive? may we know what are the other options as well on how should we treat our spotty after the operation?

PS: I asked the vet if our dog got a fever after the operation while staying in their premises and she said None. Is this a good sign?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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To be honest, I’m not fully sure what exactly is occurring there with Spotty and his liver; however if your Veterinarian is being cautious I would recommend that you take a wait and see approach as it seems your Veterinarian cannot be sure that Spotty will survive or not; without examining him myself I cannot therefore tell you anything more than your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Mountain Cur
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

My dog stepped on a piece of glass while on a walk at the park. He cut his foot between the pads. We got him home, cleaned it, and wrapped it. Kept the bandage on about a day before he chewed it off. The cut is hard to see between the pads but does not look infected. He is still licking it off and on and still limping sometimes. Will a cut between the pads like this close on its own? I feel like he keeps pulling it open when he walks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible for a small wound to heal between the paws, however if the wound is deep or wide it may require intervention from your Veterinarian. If the wound is small you should bathe it twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the wound; also you should place a cone on him to prevent any licking as well as restricting any walking or movement which may cause issues with the wound. If there is no improvement or the wound looks infected you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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brownie
Indian pariah
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Inflamation

Hi
There is a puppy (almost 3 month old) in my street. He got an open wound on the right side of its tail joint like 1 inch and it looks deep. At first it got a little bit swelled up then in the morning it started bleeding. Now I noticed one of his foot is swelling too. We had cleaned the wound and it is not bleeding now. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is deep, it would be best to get it sutured closed; I understand that it is a street dog but sometimes there are no shortcuts. You should ensure that the wound is clean and free of debris by bathing with an antiseptic and flushing it out with a syringe; antibacterial sprays for wounds in animals may also help against infection but may delay healing. In short, a visit to a charity clinic to get the wound sutured would be the best plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeuce
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

irritated open wounds

My dog is 7 years old and in the past had trauma to his legs from , resulting in acral lick dermatitis. This was a few years ago. Now, they were either irritated further by the licking or the infection is worse and the areas of concern have swelled up to the point where he can't walk very well. I am concerned that it is more serious than anticipated, and financially I am unable to give him the care he needs. What are my options at this point? What should I do? I don't want to put him down, but he was abused in the past by my ex, and hasn't had a great quality of life. I don't want him suffering anymore.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Some deeper infections of the skin can become quite painful and complicated. They typically need weeks to months of antibiotics. There are, however, some antibiotics that are available from pharmacies for very low cost, such as Cephalexin. Whether the infection will respond or not will remain to be seen, but it would be worth a visit to your veterinarian, and a request for one of the antibiotics available from Walmart or Target, among others, at a lower cost. If this is the option vs. euthanasia, it would be worth trying.

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Lucy
Terrier Mutt
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

light bleeding
mild inflammation

I discovered a scab on my dog Lucy's belly, thought it was dirt, and picked it, revealing what looks to be a very small cut or abrasion underneath. I cleaned it and tried to get a clear view of the wound, and some very mild swelling had occurred as well as a very small amount of bleeding after I picked off the scab, but other than that, she is her normal self. What is the difference between a bug bite and a cut? What signs should I look for to know if I should take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bug bites vary in appearance and severity depending on the specific type of bug, a cut is more or less a cut; some swelling is normal with any damage to the skin but you should ensure that the area is kept clean by bathing with a dilute antiseptic and you can apply Neosporin to the area if Lucy isn’t going to lick it off. You should visit your Veterinarian if the damage to the skin is large (like a hole), deep, leaking discharge, warm or you’re generally concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
mongrel
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I noticed my 2-year-old dog's back 2 weeks ago where he had a circular abrasion about a size of a coin. I trimmed his fur so that it won't get irritated and also cleaned the area. A week after, the wound dried up but now he developed a laceration on his left cheek. I can't trim his fur because he gets a little angry. I observed it for a week and it doesn't seem like it's healing. He still very energetic and eats well though. I also don't know the reason why he had wounds.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure why Teddy might be developing these lesions, but if you have noticed 2 over a couple of weeks, and the one on his face isn't healing, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian. They will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and recommend the best course of treatment for him.

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Buddy
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound, smells, reddish
RecurrEnt wound, smells, reddish,

My dog has wounds in his knee and side of hips, It’s reddish and moist. He usually licks it. It took a while to heal specially in the knees, his hip wound healed and recurred and has a smell. Probably due to moisture, heat and exposure outside. I have been treating it with povidone iodine. What do i have to do? 😔

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, it seems that Buddy really needs some antibiotics or other medication to clear up that skin disease. Bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections can all look very similar, and need specific medication to treat. Since things aren't resolving for him, it would be best to have him seen.

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browniee
Indian pariah
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

my dog is indian country dog , it has a wound on leg it couldn"t control itself the wound is getting bigger day by day , it shoutting like anything and bitting his leg often , i could see its bones also , my dog is 4 months old, it is not having its food also ..pls do the needful asap

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Browniee’s leg has a wound deep enough to see bone, this is something which would need veterinary attention to clean the wound thoroughly, debride the wound if necessary, suture close and to get antibiotics and pain relief; this is not something to manage at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skyler
German Shorthaired Pointer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking the wound

Open wound in the armpit area of my dogs front leg. Looks like it could be a cut from something or a sore from rubbing. She has been out playing in woods, digging and running around all day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Skyler has an open wound, she probably needs to see a veterinarian, especially if you don't know the cause of the wound. They may need to repair it, or she may need medications for infection - they'll be able to assess the would and give you a better idea as to the best course of action.

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Pandora
Rottweiler
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scratch cut with hair loss

My dog got a scratch on her face under her right eye about a week ago. The fur around it is missing. It looks like it tries to scab over but she licks her paw and wipes at it so it isn’t healing. We have been putting Witchhazel on it. She is acting fine and eating normally. What do you suggest?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Keeping the scratch clean and monitoring it for healing may be all that you need to do, if it is a minor scratch. If it doesn't appear to be healing, she may need antibiotics for the wound. If it continues to be a problem, it may be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian and have them look at the scratch and see why it isn't healing.

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Booger
Shih Tzu
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fussy can't lay in one spot long
No pus
No oder
No Bleeding
Open wound

Medication Used

Antibiotics cream , pain med

My shih tzu has tiny bump the come and go one is getting bigger and has ruptured a tiny round sac came out like a pimple substance, no oder no bleeding or pus I clean the area and use antibiotics cream and crusted pain med and use it as a powder on top of the wound to keep it dry . The area isn't inflamed unless I clean it . It doesn't seem to hurt him when I touch him in the area but after he seem fussy and won't lay in one spot long ! Eats and sleeps okay playful tails wags

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs are prone to skin infections, deep follicle infections, and sebaceous adenomas. Occasionally, these ned antibiotic therapy. If the lesions don't improve, it would be best to have Booger seen by a veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay.

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Dazzi
Mountain dogs
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating food

My dog dazzi is having a open wound on her back leg. There no pain in it but there is a finger size hole. I took her to vet and he gave me betadin and neosporin to apply on it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the wound it is difficult to comment, however it sounds like that is quite a large wound and if it is deep may require more than some Betadine and Neosporin if there is no improvement in size. Monitor the wound for the time being, but if there is no improvement by Monday or Tuesday return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Boxer
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

I have two boxer sisters that like to play. One has a cut on her check and on the top of her nose. They have been there for about 2 weeks and they looked like they are healing than they will open and start to bleed again how can we treat this at home that is safe for our babies. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the wounds are too deep or large to manage at home and open up during roughhousing or playing; all you can do really is keep the wounds clean with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the wounds. However, if they haven’t healed by now you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination in case they need to be sutured closed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I looked outside and my dog was shaking and would not get up. When she finally got up,I saw that she have two large gashed on her right side. One across her side and one under her.they don’t look deep but it’s hard for her to get up. I don’t know what to do and I can’t take her to vet. Help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Management of wounds by bathing with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin is effective for small wounds; however I am concerned about Luna having difficulty to get up as this may be due to a variety of different issues including pain. I’m not sure why you’re unable to visit a Veterinarian but since she is having difficulty getting up I would recommend you visit one regardless of cost or distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I looked outside and my dog was shaking and would not get up. When she finally got up,I saw that she have two large gashed on her right side. One across her side and one under her.they don’t look deep but it’s hard for her to get up. I don’t know what to do and I can’t take her to vet. Help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Management of wounds by bathing with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin is effective for small wounds; however I am concerned about Luna having difficulty to get up as this may be due to a variety of different issues including pain. I’m not sure why you’re unable to visit a Veterinarian but since she is having difficulty getting up I would recommend you visit one regardless of cost or distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spot
Terrier and mixed breed
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red hanging lump.
no symptoms

My dog had a red lump on his front chest near his right leg for quite afew months
. It does not seem to have bothered him as he still runs, eats great and plays with the other dog. Today it opened up and was bleeding. He kept cleaning it and now it is just hanging there. This morning it looks to be drying up. He still is happy and eating and drinking. Is there an ointment or way to bandage it up. I cannot afford to go to a vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what the mass is, whether it is an infection, a benign growth, or cancer, I can't comment on how to treat it, unfortunately. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have Spot seen by a veterinarian and get a better idea as to what might be needed to treat the lump.

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Ming
Shar Pei
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Little pain
Itchy

Hey, so my dog about two days ago was scratching her face and about an inch below her left eye cut herself. It’s not too deep my only concern was just a little tiny flap of skin that just didn’t fully close up after I cleaned the wound. I put a cone on her to keep her from messing with it and it has been healing quite nicely. The only thing I’m worried about it the little flap of skin that’s there,it has a scab over it, and I have been monitoring what it looks like every day. My main question is should I take her to the vet to get the flap of skin cut?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Ming and this wound, I have a hard time advising you as to whether that flap of skin needs to be removed. If it seems to be healing well, you may be okay to continue to monitor it and keep it clean, and if the flap is still a problem in 2-3 days, it may need to be removed.

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Mocco
Chuilwaw
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Small opened wound

My chichual dog has a small opened wound beside his butt hole he has pain and blood and a clear liquid coming from his wound believe he got shoot by pelted gun there what can I do at home to help him he also has been licking the wound

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should prevent Mocco from licking at the wound and place a collar on him, you should also ensure that the wound is cleaned with a dilute antiseptic at least twice per day and isn’t contaminated by defecation. If the wound is open, you should visit your Veterinarian to determine how deep it is and if there is any foreign object like a pellet present; your Veterinarian will determine whether or not it requires suturing closed and if antibiotics are required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hunter
Golden Retriever
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

noted a large mat behind my golden retreivers right ear. started to cut away the mat and it was so close to the skin. we took to groomer to shave mat off and she started to and noticed it was not a mat but a huge scab with a 0.8cm hole at least very deep under it and refused to take scab off said need to take to vet. is this going to be cancer or just a wound?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Hunter’s ear, I cannot say what the possible cause may be; trauma, cancer, infections, autoimmune disease and other conditions may cause a scab to form so it is difficult to narrow in on an underlying cause. You should visit your Veterinarian regardless and see what they say. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oz
Australian Shepherd
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Small Abrasion

My Australian Shepherd Service Dog Got Chewing Gum on His Elbow. I Needed to Cut it out. Will The Hair/Fur Grow Back? I got a little close to skin.Small Abrasion (Not Bleeding) but Put Neosporin w/ coban on it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the wound on Oz, it is difficult for me to comment on expected healing. If it was a very small wound, it may heal fine, but be sure to keep an eye on it for signs of redness, irritation, or green or yellow discharge, and have him seen by a veterinarian if you see any of those signs.

Yes my Dog who’s two had chewing gum in leg/foot... chewed it and now has broken skin... Looks nasty yet we’re just cleaning with saline bandage and getting cone today ... Husband thinks I over re act to vet ???? Now to me looks fungus like ??

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Lilly
Jack Russell
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

small hole

Medication Used

none

Hi there,
My Jack Russell developed a little lump under her left eye, which later burst - I cleaned the puss from the area but where the lump burst, it left a tiny little hole. When I am home for weekends it heals nicely as I keep cleaning her face and apply 100% bacteria gel. Then when I am back at work, she scratches it open again and sometimes it has a little more puss which I gently squeeze out and clean again. Is there an anti-biotic cream that I can apply or perhaps make her wear a collar or do I have to take her to the vets? It does not seem to bother her at all but this has been going on for about a month and it would be lovely for her not to have a mark under her eye anymore.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think if that has been going on for a month, she may need oral antibiotics to help clear that infection up, as it may be a deep infection that isn't resolving with topical care. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian to have an examination and see if antibiotics might help.

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Kenzie
German Shepherd/ Rottweiller mix (we believe)
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

We are pretty sure my dog got hit by a slow moving car, and as she was skidding tried to get up and has a bunch of what looks like burn marks all over her legs. She has patches of missing fur where those wounds are and no puncture wounds. Just pink open wounds. We checked her for broken bones, she isn’t complaining or limping. She is eating and drinking water. We have cleaned out the wounds with hydrogen peroxide and then applied neosporin and a clean gauze over each wound and bandaged them up. Most of them are dry and healing. However one larger one, is not. Now I’m reading that hydrogen peroxide isn’t the best and might be slowing down the healing. So is there anything that we can use to keep the wound clean? And is neosporin okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Peroxide causes localised damage to the capillaries which restricts blood flow to the wound slowing down healing, other antiseptics have a similar effect but peroxide is the most invasive; Neosporin is good as a thin layer will help form a barrier from external contaminants. However, if there are clear signs of being hit by a vehicle, you should visit a Veterinarian regardless for an examination to look for signs of brain injury or internal injuries as the onset of symptoms may be delayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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