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My dog has possible muscle necrosis from a dog bite on her

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Customer: ***** ***** My dog has possible muscle necrosis from a dog bite on her back quad.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: She is a 9 year old Italian Greyhound, spayed. Attacked Dec 28 by a lab mix. She has already undergone surgery and then was hospitalized again 2 days ago for dehydration. She has several wounds, all healing beautifully, except for her leg.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 11 months ago.

Hello,

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

First! You must get back in to the vet to evaluate the integrity (vitality) of the tissue in question. If it is truly becoming necrotic, than the only option is to have it surgically debrided. Healling cannot occur with necrotic tissue present. The body needs a healthy tissue bed to help the healing process. Great that the other wounds seem to be progressing well. This is a traumatic injury and I would not be surprised if some repeated surgical followup was necessary.

Also, the tissue involved should probably be cultured. A culture is when a swab from the affected area is sent to the laboratory. If bacteria is present, the lab will identify it and tell the vet the best antibiotic choices to kill it.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy