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I found an open sore on my dogs neck this morning. Hair is

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I found an open sore on my dogs neck this morning. Hair is also coming out around the sore. She was acting sick and staying in her kennel 2 days ago but was acting much more like her playfull self yesterday. It doesn't look like a bite mark but I don't know what she could have done. Is there a way I can upload a pic to this website?
Thank you
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

You can post a picture on this thread. There is a paperclip icon to attach jpegs. Otherwise, post it online and then the url here.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
This is a pic of a pic I took with my phone.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Ok thanks.

It looks like that was some type of puncture wound that is getting infected.

For a wound like this, you can often get by with at home care.

You can do the following:
1. Clip the hair from around the wound with electric clippers
2. Clean the wound with a dilute hand soap and water mixture
3. Apply a topical antibiotic cream on it- something like Neosporin would be fine
4. Recheck and re-clean up to twice daily as needed

This should get it healed up in 5-7 days. If it becomes swollen, painful or starts draining pus then you should get to the vet for some antibiotics, pain meds and more aggressive wound care that may require surgery.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions