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My dog has an open sore on his hind leg that has progressively

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My dog has an open sore on his hind leg that has progressively got bigger. I thought that it was a spider bite at first because the center of it was like a hole and it was oozing. Treated it with peroxide and antibiotic ointment. It has been about a month and the wound has changed and now is bigger in diameter but the center is not oozing. The outside of the wound is hard and my dog continuously licks it when I clean it. I'm wondering if it is a tumor. He does not limp on his leg or act like it bothers him except for the licking. It looks terrible to me like an open wound that will not heal. He is 16 yrs old, male boxer.
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Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

If this has been going on for a month, I would have your vet evaluate the area.

CriticalCareVet :

It may be a tumor, or may be a multi-drug resistant infection

CriticalCareVet :

A culture and biopsy can be considered.

CriticalCareVet :

It may need to be surgically debrided to remove the dead tissue as well

JACUSTOMER-nnw3ab9m- :

would antibiotics be helpful if it is an infection?

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - it would

JACUSTOMER-nnw3ab9m- :

Is there anything else I can do to help the wound?

CriticalCareVet :

This large - unlikely.

CriticalCareVet :

Best to get to your vet, especially since this is this long now...

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