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Claire Pitts | 4 years ago
The Skin Directly Below My Dog’s Rear Leg Paw Pad Is Swollen. There Is No…

The skin directly below my dog’s rear leg paw pad is swollen. There is no puncture wound and he has no issue with me touching it. Any idea what this could be?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
It could be a wound, allergy, or infection. Amongst a few more unlikely scenarios. If it just happened, and by that I mean if the swelling occurred in less than a day I would guess it is a wound or infection? If the swelling persists for more than 12-24 hours it should be seen by a vet. Jarrettsville vet is open from 1-3 tomorrow. I would be happy to take a look at it for you. Sincerely
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Chase Ditto | 4 years ago
My Six Month Old Pitbull Has A Large Hematoma After A Routine Neuter. He Was…

My six month old pitbull has a large hematoma after a routine neuter. He was fine with no swelling for two days after the surgery, but day three his scrotum started swelling. We took him into the vet who explained it was normal for some dogs and sent us home with some sedatives to stop his moving around and told us to monitor. Later that day, the scrotum swelled to the size of a medium to large orange. We returned, and we’re given antibiotics just in case, as there was no evidence of fever to indicate infection. The next day, he the wound started draining, a pink substance likely blood mixed with some other bodily fluid. The suture area looks fairly normal, just a small amount of redness and swelling, and the fluid smells of iron, not infected. We were advised to place a warm compress on for a few minutes a couple of times a day, but our pup won’t let us near the area. He is a sweet dog, but the sedatives combined with the pain are causing him to snap at us when we go near the back legs. He refuses to even sit down for hours at a time. Do you have any advice for how to help him through this? My wife and I work 8-9 hours during the day, though we have family that stops by for a few hours at a time to watch him. I’m just worried that he is in so much pain he won’t let us help him heal.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
These cases do happen. They usually resolve on their own in about a week. If you cannot treat him at home see if you can drop him off at your vets to stay for the day while you are at work. Good luck. It will go down. It will just be an awful 5 days of waiting. And ps I have seen them cantaloupe size. Ouchie!!

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Tracy Barnes | 4 years ago
Hi, My 6yr Old Pit Bull Nyla Was Attacked By Two Other Pit Bulls Last…

Hi, my 6yr old Pit Bull Nyla was attacked by two other Pit Bulls last night. We took her to a 24hr Vet Clinic. They put a drain in her neck due to one of the bite wounds. This morning there is a pocket of what seems to be fluid above the drain. Is this normal? Is the drain not working anymore? What should I do for her?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dog. I cannot tell you if this is a problem or not without an exam? But, in general, there should not be pocketing above the drain. I think that you should call the vet and go back for a recheck. These wounds are often very troublesome as most of the time they are infected and the tissue is so severely traumatized that it may not heal normally. Never hesitate to see the vet after a bite wound. The vet needs to look at Nyla, assess her health, healing and the drain, and… Read more »

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Kerry Fang | 4 years ago
My Dog Was Attacked By An Off Leash Mastiff About A Month Ago, The Wounds…

My dog was attacked by an off leash Mastiff about a month ago, the wounds around her neck have now healed but some of the hair that grew back are white in colour, she’s a black and tan doberman and the white hair is really obvious. Just wondering if the white fur is ever going to change back to normal black colour, or is this colour change permanent?

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3 years ago

It’s interesting you post this – one of the dobe groups on Facebook has had a couple threads about this lately.

In short, I would expect the white hairs to remain white. I’m sorry your dog was attacked.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I have seen it do both. But usually it reamains white.

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Martine Boule | 4 years ago
A Seroma Bubble As Formed This Night And A Little Thick Blood Is Coming Out…

A seroma bubble as formed this night and a little thick blood is coming out 3 days after a surgery to remove testicules (one in the stomach). Keeping my 16 month old boxer calm is difficult so we have to tie his leash so he doesn’t move (otherwise he paces in the house constantly). We watched him 24/7 for the first 2 days and tonight we needed so rest so we managed to put the big collar on him so he doesn’t lick the wound. The veterinarian saw him yesterday because the skin had become red close to where the balls would normally be (told us it was blue balls and to apply cold compress… try that on a boxer…). The clinic closes for the holidays from 31st of Dec until 3rd of Jan where we have another follow-up appointment. Could that be a problem or waiting 3 days is ok ?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello.
I am sorry to hear of your situation. It your dog is acting normally (shirt of a bit of stir craziness) then it is probably ok to wait a few days. These typically take a week or more to resolve. Any signs of illness or infection warrant an immediate trip to the vet.

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Trisha Dianne Jaro | 4 years ago
Self Inflicted Neck Wound. My Dog Keeps Scratching His Neck Causing It To Bleed And…

Self inflicted neck wound. My dog keeps scratching his neck causing it to bleed and a part of his skin is even hanging. The wound has a foul smell. is there any home remedy or medicine that i can buy that can help heal the wound or keep him from scratching it ? I cant afford going to a vet right now and im really worried of him.

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3 years ago

Unfortunately, you need to find a way to get your dog to a vet. A small scratch could have been dealt with much easier than a rotting wound, which is what this sounds like.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I agree with Laura. Unfortunately this is far beyond what you can do at home. At this point your dog needs antibiotics, anti-itch meds and a veterinarians assistance. If you are tight on funds please call the local shelters, rescues and even friends or family. To be honest at my practice with the cost of the exam ($50USD) I can provide a prescription to Wal-Mart to buy all of the medications needed for less than $30 USD. Your dog needs help now. Please dont wait any longer.

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Claudia Ruiz | 4 years ago
Dog Bite. On Christmas Day She Got Bitten By Another Dog . All Vets Are…

Dog bite. On Christmas Day she got bitten by another dog . All vets are closed right now. What can I do until tomorrow to clean the wound or to ease her pain. She’s 11 yrs. old.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Without knowing the extent of the injury all I can advise is to try to keep her quiet and calm and monitor for any trouble breathing or discomfort. Signs of breathing difficultly, trouble walking, dissension of the abdomen, bleeding, changes in attitude that include panting, inability to get comfortable, or any sign of distress warrant an immediate trip to the closest emergency clinic. Please see the vet tomorrow and I expect they will do a thorough exam and provide pain medication (please don’t use an over the counter without the vets ok), and antibiotics.

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Kayla Smith | 4 years ago
My Dog Has A Large Lump On The Back Of Her Paw, Almost Like A…

My dog has a large lump on the back of her paw, almost like a abscess. It’s been there for about a week now, super swollen now. And there’s a open wound on the top now. I can’t see anything stuck in her pas though. Any ideas of what it could be? She’s elderly & diabetic so I need to stay on top of this.

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3 years ago

She needs a vet yesterday. Please get her in now.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello
I agree with Laura. This is starting to ulcerate. It needs immediate vet attention. Diabetics are very susceptible to infection and concurrent issues so please don’t delay.

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Jennifer MtCastle | 4 years ago
Our Two Female Dogs Got Into A Fight And The Smallest Has A Puncture Wound…

Our two female dogs got into a fight and the smallest has a puncture wound on her leg. I cannot take her to a vet right now. Any input on home care? I am cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and will be trimming the hair back to examine the wound closer and make sure it is not too deep. The larger dog seems to have a small cut near her eye that is no longer bleeding.

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Sarah
3 years ago

If you can’t get to your vet right now, I would get there first thing in the morning. Good luck!

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dogs. I also hear that you cannot go to a vet right now. But, I have been a vet for a long time and I have to tell you that this is one of the cases where in almost all cases these pets do much (like a lot!!) better if they see a vet immediately. Every dog fight wound needs a vet immediately. If you don’t at least get her on antibiotics and have the wound explored the wounds typically get significantly worse very quickly. The incidence of infection is very very… Read more »

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Anita Higby | 4 years ago
My 5 Month Old Kitten Has Rabies, I’m Pretty Positive. I Think She Will Only…

My 5 month old kitten has rabies, I’m pretty positive. I think she will only live another day or 2 at most. I just realized what she has, yesterday. Her mother came to me as a stray, last winter. Neither cat has ever been vaccinated. The mom has a huge, draining abscess on her neck. That wound was most likely inflicted by my cat that I have had for 11 years. She won’t tolerate any other animals in her space without attacking them every chance she gets. She has hurt the mom and baby, both, numerous times in the past. She tried to hurt the kitten yesterday, but the kitten turned and tried to attack her, and she backed down and ran away. 2 days ago, I saw several drops of blood on the floor of 2 different rooms where only my older cat goes. I didn’t know what was bleeding on her. Now I think the kitten may have bitten her before I knew it was rabid. Long story short, both adult cats and myself have been exposed. My older cat was vaccinated and spayed when she was 5 or 6 months old, but I don’t know if she was ever vaccinated after that. I have numerous sores that I’ve touched after holding and petting the kitten. So, now I am scared for all of us. What should I do?

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
3 years ago

Call your local health department and animal control! Separate yourself and your cat from the kitten and the mother, but keep them in a cage so they can be picked up and tested. Since your cat hasn’t been vaccinated in 10 years I’m not sure what will happen to her.
Either way you need to contact the authorities ASAP! Rabies is almost always fatal and treatment needs to be started AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!