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My dog stepped on a cactus and got thorns in s paw. I was

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My dog stepped on a cactus and got thorns in his paw. I was told cactus thorns are poisonous. Will these poison my dog? Even with antibiotic ointment I got from his vet he still seems to lick it raw after it's seemed to heal for a few days.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** I'm sorry to hear about this situation with your guy. How long ago did this stepping on the cactus happen? Did your vet evaluate him for this and then prescribe the antibiotic ointment?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
About a month ago. Yes he prescribed gentizol.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

So he stepped on the cactus about a month ago and draining sores are still present?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Never mind I think I'll just take him in again tomorrow.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

That honestly is the best thing that you can do. There may be some residual cactus in the original puncture area(s) that is serving as a persistent foreign body that is getting infected and not resolving.