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My dog has a sore above her nose that just wont heal. It ozzes

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My dog has a sore above her nose that just wont heal. It ozzes and little scabs form. We were told by vet it was probablay a bug bite. What to do?? Been applying polysporin and cleaning it well.

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How long has it been there?

How long ago was it seen by your vet?

Is it enlarging or spreading?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It has been there since about August 10 and was seen by vet around same time. It sometimes looks like it is getting better and then it flares again. Dosen't seem to be spreading.

Obviously it was not a bug bite which should have resolved itself in just a few days. When I think of oozing lesions on the nose I think of bacterial infections, immune diseases, and fungal diseases. In general, topical products don't penetrate enough to be very effective for these conditions. Unfortunately, these are all treated quite differently and an accurate diagnosis is the first step. Diagnosis can be aided with an impression smear of the ooze, or a punch biopsy of the skin which is submitted to a veterinary pathologist. I would advise returning to your vet and having this worked up further to determine the actual cause of the disease.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Well you didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know or think about. For a dog I always think once to the vet is enough. You know how costly it is. You pay just to walk in the door. Thanks anyways.


Unfortunately in medicine first impressions are not always accurate and a follow-up visit with a more thorough work-up would help immensely. Best wishes.
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