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We have a 80 lb blue heeler/aust. shepherd and he cut s

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We have a 80 lb blue heeler/aust. shepherd and he cut his foot. Bled a lot and he's not able to put much weight on it. Today it is swollen and he won't let us look at it. Can we give him amoxicillin 500 mg. human meds. and should we try some other meds.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

As long as Case's wound isn't bleeding actively and isn't gaping open (since we need the edges aligned for natural healing, else this would require stitching); you can consider starting a broad spectrum antibiotic. We often will use Amoxicillin and an 80lb dog could be given a 500mg tablet every 12 hours for 7-10 days. Alongside, this we'd want to keep flushing the wound 2-3 times daily with a mild antiseptic +/- applying the OTC Neosporin. An e-collar should be used and the foot should be covered with a sock or bandage (though this needs changing daily) to prevent self trauma and licking. Otherwise, if he is very sore with this, then we'd want his local vet to dispense dog safe pain relief (ie Metacam, Onsior, Previcox, Rimadyl) as OTC human ones are either dangerous or cannot be used where there has been bleeding.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** do you recommend?
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

You are very welcome,

I usually use dilute OTC chlorohexidine or betadine. Though in a pinch we can use salt water (1tbsp in a pint warm water).

All the best,

Dr. B.

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