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Should it be considered an emergency if mercurachrome has

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Should it be considered an emergency if mercurachrome has been applied to a dog's wound? Dog is 80 pound Golden Retriever/ Great Pyranese Cross. Six years old,
excellent health; he shows no symptoms of any side effects.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you.

When did you apply the Mercurachrome?

Where is the wound?

Is the dog able to lick the area where the wound is ?

Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.

It seems you have gone offline. Mercurachrome is not something Vets use because it has no antibiotic properties. Wounds often need an antibiotic ointment to heel. BAck in 1998 mercury was removed from such product so if that is what you are worried about the dog should be just fine. What I would do for the wound is keep the dog from licking it,( use an elizabethan collar for this) wash the wound daily with an antibacterial soap, dry well, and then apply a triple antibiotic ointment to the area. Get one that does not contain zinc oxide as this can be toxic if ingested. If it does not seem to be healing then an oral antibiotic may be needed and that you have to go through your vet to get prescribed.