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Our bicheon poodle was running in the woods on Saturday and

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Our bicheon poodle was running in the woods on Saturday and gave out a loud yelp. She returned to my side with an approx 1 in cut in her flesh. I cleaned it and dressed it. Today she has been licking it a great deal. Does she need additional attention?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

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

First, we cannot let her lick this wound. Dog saliva is full of bacteria and this will put her at high risk of infection. So, if she is doing so, she will need to wear an e-collar for the short term. Further to that, if the wound is gaping and not healing/shrinking in size, then we may need to consider having her vet check this to ensure it will heal on its own. Gaping wounds often need stitches or staples placed to hold the skin in alignment and get good healing. As well, if there is any pus or odour associated, that would be a red flag of her needing antibiotics (+/- dog safe anti-inflammatories if she is very sore) and again a cue to have her seen.

Otherwise, if the wound is clean and not gaping open, then you can continue supportive care. To do so, we'd want to wash this with a diluted antiseptic like chlorohexidine or betadine. Or in a pinch, we can even use salt water (1tbsp salt to a pint warm water) to cleanse the area. You will want to do this at least 2-3 times a day and dry it thoroughly. Afterwards, you can apply an OTC antibiotic cream like Neosporin on the wound twice daily. And as long as that is settling over the next few days we are happy, but again if it gapes, is sore, or there are signs of infection then we'd want her seen by her vet for the aforementioned treatment.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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