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My dogs nose looks like its rotting away

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My dogs nose looks like its rotting away
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr John replied 7 years ago.
Is he licking it alot?

Are his eyes running and watery?

How long has this been going on?

Have you seen a vet about this yet?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

He isn't licking alot

eyes are not running and watery

about 4-5 months


It initially looked like he was scratched by a cat. We are now co-habitating with 4 cats.

I would put an antibiotic on and it looked better. Then it would get worse. I would then try bag balm that to would inprove the situatioon for a while then it stopped working. I don't kinow if he's putting his nose into somethong "cat" that may be causing this reaction or not. I hope you can help.

Expert:  Dr John replied 7 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX you must stop putting anything on it.

Whether you know it, see it or not his tongue could be creating this and what may have started as a scratch or even a benign bug bite could now be a self created ulcer and infection.

Next thing...when this happens to a nose there are several things that would concern me and they will all require a veterinary exam and possible lab testing to confirm and rule-in or out the correct diagnosis.

* Auto-immune diseases like Pemphigus, Lupus
* Fungal infections
*Sun burn or irritation
* plastic or materials that he is rubbing his nose on. Contact dermatitis
* Cancer

I would not give this very long...but instead would suggest you see a vet as soon as possible.

Best of health and success, Drjohn
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