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I have a husky, her nose closer to the top is raw and

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I have a husky...

I have a husky, her nose closer to the top is raw and swollen looking

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the Husky's name and age?

Macy approx 14

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Macy?

No. I can also take a photo to see better if you think I should

Submitted: 12 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 12 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 12 months ago

I would like to see a photo(s) of this area, please. You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
She keeps licking it also
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 12 months ago

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 12 months ago

This appears to be a nasal pyoderma - a facial bacterial skin infection that may occur secondary to trauma or insect bites. The primary pathogen is usually Staph. It's treated with gentle, warm water soaks with a chlorhexidine shampoo daily for 7-10 days. You can find these shampoos over the counter where pet supplies are sold. Systemic antibiotics should be administered for a minimum of 3-4 weeks and continued 2 weeks beyond complete clinical resolution. Macy's vet will need to prescribe the antibiotic. The prognosis is good but scarring may be a permanent sequela in some dogs.

Top differentials include autoimmune skin disorders, dermatophytosis (ringworm fungus), and nasal solar dermatitis. If you didn't see a good response to the therapy above, Macy's vet is likely to recommend biopsying the skin to clarify if one of these less common nasal disorders exist. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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