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I have an almost 7 year old lab. He has allergies &

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I have an almost 7 year old lab. He has allergies & scratched his skin raw (bleeding & a small piece of skin hanging down) I have cleaned it & put antibiotic cream on it. Do I need to take him to an emergency vet or is this something that can wait for tomorrow?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: a Labrador
JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?
Customer: yes, please read my first post
JA: The veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about the animal?
Customer: he has also has fatty tumors
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.


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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.


Yes, I do think its well worthwhile to get to a vet much sooner. You are doing a good job with treatment and cleaning, but with a piece of skin hanging down, the risk for infection is very high.

Well worth the more immediate vet visit to start oral antibiotics, and some additional therapy to get the allergies back under control!

Some steroids like prednisone can be very quick and effective for controlling allergy symptoms and inflammation. For long-term, you could discuss with your vet about starting a drug like Apoquel or Atopica, that could help a tremendous amount.

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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

Once the skin is healed, also discuss with your vet about more frequent bathing with a medicated shampoo. Why?

Well, most dogs should not be bathed more than once every 2 weeks. But, an allergic dog can benefit from it much more frequently. By stripping the skin of an pollen or environmental allergies that are accumulating, it can help reduce symptoms overall. So, bathing is mechanically removing allergens which can help a bit.

Hope that information helps

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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He's doing better. His vet put him on antibiotics.

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