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Dog flesh seems to have been eaten?

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dog flesh seems to have been eaten?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Where is the sore located?

3- Is he licking/gnawing at the affected area?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
About a week.
On Top of his paw
Yes
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- So, to make sure I got this right he has been licking this area for 1 week and not the upper part of the skin is missing, correct?

2- Is he licking or itching in other places?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is not licking himself anywhere else. Just the paw.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, it sounds like your dog has an acral lick granuloma. Basically it is an area of inflammation made worst by excessive licking. This is what you can try:

1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing. Pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.

3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- If no significant improvement after doing the above 2-3 days follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Peter

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