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Second opinion] Just had dew claws.rem Removed and may be infection and vet closed what can we put on woundJA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about?Customer: DogJA: OK. Is the dog bleeding a lot?Customer: No little in the bandagesJA: What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Ellie 6 monthsJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ellie?Customer: Don't think so she was spayed also
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

So sorry to hear your dog has this infection related to the dewclaw removal! I can definitely give you recommendations to minimize infection and reduce healing time but if there is continued discharge or it is not healing then please it's time to consider a veterinary er to evaluate the incision to ensure antibiotics are not warranted.

1.) No licking! If this area is reachable then please put a sock on or a cone to prevent her from reaching the area. Licking introduces oral bacteria to the area and can increase risk of inflammation and infection

2.) Use ivory soap and water or dog oatmeal shampoo to the area twice daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing and tap dry.

3.) I prefer to not apply salves or ointments because it traps in moisture to the area and reduces healing or delays healing time. If needed you can put a very thin layer of a triple antibiotic on the area after cleaning

4.) Remove any scabbing that occurs with healing. Again it also traps in moisture and then can actually abscess

5.) Limit activity. The more activity the more likely this wound will take longer to heal because the skin cannot heal in an active setting, particularly postoperative spay and dewclaw removal.

6.) If there is licking or rubbing please begin benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours for reducing the itch but may cause mild sedation.

Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions I can assist with or clarify today. I hope she is feeling better soon

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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