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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog had sudden left sided swelling on Saturday. No

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My dog had sudden left sided facial swelling on Saturday. No signs of pain, shortness of breath or lack of appetite. Treated with Benadryl and prednisone starting Sunday. Today (Tuesday) there is a small wound (looks like a puncture or sting hole) is oozing serosangunous fluid. Swelling is down greatly. Still no signs of pain or distress. I assumed this was a sting. Is it common for stings to open (very small opening) and ooze? No pus or foul smell.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
It's uncommon as envenomation by flying insect, spider, or scorpion is usually sterile. Some insects (poisonous spiders, mainly) and snakes have venoms that can destroy tissue (necrogenic), however, and result in draining fistulas (the small opening). As necrosis (tissue death) progresses, that small opening can become a gaping wound. "Watchful waiting" that area would be prudent. Hopefully you live in an area where such toxic spiders and snakes aren't found. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't think it is a snake as there is only one small hole. It could be a brown recluse or black widow (we are in Tennessee) there are no signs of infection at this point. I have cleaned the small wound. I will take her to vet if signs of infection occur.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Sounds good. She's responding nicely to therapy and should remiss without further ado. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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