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My name is ***** *****. My labrador has 2 open wounds on the

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My name is ***** *****. My labrador has 2 open wounds on the top of his front paw, with small holes like an opening in the skin.
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Customer: He had 1 small area that he licked the fur away and i could see a small opening in the flesh. it has been 5 days and it has started to heal and scab over but he has just developed a 2nd area. is grass seeds to blame?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is there any discharge from the opening?

2- How long has this been going on?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
There is a small amount of clear fluid, and it started 4 days ago. I have seen similar things known as grass seeds?
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Yes friend, it is possible for the lesions that you are describing to be related to grass seed. Other possible causes could be: An infection, trauma, etc.

In this case, I would have your vet examined the lesions to explore for a foreign body or grass seed. In the meantime this is what you can do:

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. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the wound 2-3 times a day.

3- After flushing 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- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

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