Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!
So sorry to hear your dog has a wound! I can definitely give you recommendations to minimize infection and reduce healing time but if there is any discharge or it is not healing then please have your vet evaluate the lesion to ensure additional medication is not warranted.
1.) No licking! If this area is reachable then please put a sock on to prevent her from reaching the area. Licking introduces oral bacteria to the area and can increase risk of inflammation and infection
2.) Trim the hair around the wound if Mikey has moderate hair around the feet
3.) Use ivory soap and water or dog oatmeal shampoo to the area twice daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing and tap dry
4.) I prefer to not apply salves or ointments because it traps in moisture to the area and reduces healing or delays healing time. If needed you can put a very thin layer of a triple antibiotic on the area after cleaning
5.) If available use an epsom salt soak 10 minutes prior to bathing the foot. The salt helps draw out any foreign material in the foot and hopefully will allow a more rapid healing
6.) Limit activity. The more activity the more likely this wound will take longer to heal because the skin cannot heal in an active setting
7.) If available benadryl (gravol) 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours to help with the itch but may cause sedation
Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions i can assist with or clarify today.
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