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My boxer got hit by a truck yesterday.. really bad road rash

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My boxer got hit by a truck yesterday.. really bad road rash on the inside of his back leg . He ran home from the accident but now he keeps licking it and limping . Should I take him to the vet?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
A friend of mine has worked for the local vet for several years she came by after it happened and said nothing was broken and he looked fine just the road rash .
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

Tosha, if he was hit by a truck I would definitely have him checked by your vet for a hands-on examination. and x-rays to rule out a fracture. In addition, he will need prescription pain medication. Do Not give over the counter pain medication most are toxic to dogs. In the meantime, this is what you can do for the road rash:

1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing. Pick up an E collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing the affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the wound 2-3 times a day.

3- After flushing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

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Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
He isn't whining or anything he just acts like he doesn't feel good . He is eating and drinking and bodily functions are working good .. I'm afraid the cone will never work for him. He is 1 of 3 dogs and left alone during the day while I work. Anything else I can do to make him stop licking it . Also I live a good distance from a pharmacy, any other options on something to use .
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Can you share pictures of the area he's licking?