My 8 year old basset hound has a large fatty tissue lump on her side, we were going to have it removed but that was before she had got sick a while back and the vet bill really wiped my family out. The lump is quite large and she has been scratching at it I guess because it has opened up and is bleeding. It is in a spot where she scratches a lot, so I think that she ripped open when she scratched as I mentioned. I need to know how I can treat it and cover it before I bring her to the vet.
Pet's Sex: FemalePet's Age: 8
cleaning the wound with water and clean rag. I just don't want her to open it anymore or lick it.
I think your best bet would be to trim the hair around the area a much as possilbe to cut down on bacteria. You can then wash the area with an antibacterial soap, disinfect with hydrogen peroxide and apply an antibiotic ointment or neosporin to the area. You can cover it loosely with guaze to help prevent further damage. In addition, you might want to apply some warm compresses to the area a few times a day as well. Applying a sock to the paw being used to scratch the area may also cut down on additional damage to the lump as well.
She should be seen by your vet though when possible to check for infection, growth and reevaluate possible surgical removal. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist