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    Open sore on paw

    On the 5th of July my springer/brittany dog, Riley was hit by a car and broke his leg. He had been in a splint until today. I had the vet take it off because you could tell that it had been bleeding under the tape. When he took the tape off, he had a couple open, I'll call them sores, and they were bleeding. He didn't seem worried, just said he would lick them and they would heal on their own. He has been licking it alot since we have been home. Is there anything else that I can do to help the sore heal faster? Should I wash it with an antibacterial soap? It doesn't look infected, but should I ask for an antibiotic to be on the safe side? I just don't want it to get infected.

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    Hi there, that's what I though recently when my dog cracked his dew claw nail. I thought he would lick it and make it all better. Unfortunately the more he licks it the more it could get infected.

    Look at what I went through and what my dog is wearing now, http://www.dogforums.com/13-dog-heal...y-cut-his.html (My Husky cut his upper thumb/nail help!)

    Do yourself a favor and go see a vet, they may prescribe anti biotics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarib View Post
    On the 5th of July my springer/brittany dog, Riley was hit by a car and broke his leg. He had been in a splint until today. I had the vet take it off because you could tell that it had been bleeding under the tape. When he took the tape off, he had a couple open, I'll call them sores, and they were bleeding. He didn't seem worried, just said he would lick them and they would heal on their own. He has been licking it alot since we have been home. Is there anything else that I can do to help the sore heal faster? Should I wash it with an antibacterial soap? It doesn't look infected, but should I ask for an antibiotic to be on the safe side? I just don't want it to get infected.
    I always hate the 'just wait and see' answer from the vet. Wrinkles too has some open sores on the pad of his front left paw, that paw is lame though. I'm taking him to a vet I trust a lot Monday, after I find out what he says I will let you know.

    My friend's Maltese scratches at everything all the time and causes his paws to bleed. Vets have told her she can bandage it or just let them heal on their own. She's found the bandages just fell off.

    I found these articles that can hopefully help, it seems antibacterial soap would be a good idea.

    http://www.doctordog.com/dogbook/dogwound.html
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ot_injury.html

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    Licking WILL make it worse. At the very least he should have a cone on to prevent him from lick it. Your vet should be able to correctly size a collar for you or most pet store employees know how to size the collars. Basicaly the collar should extend beyond your dogs nose when he bends to lick at the sore. You may also wan to call you're vet and see if you can put neosporin or a sock on his foot to help prevent an infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcraker View Post
    Licking WILL make it worse. At the very least he should have a cone on to prevent him from lick it. Your vet should be able to correctly size a collar for you or most pet store employees know how to size the collars. Basicaly the collar should extend beyond your dogs nose when he bends to lick at the sore. You may also wan to call you're vet and see if you can put neosporin or a sock on his foot to help prevent an infection.
    Listen to animalcracker, my vet put both neosporin and a cone and my dog's looking vewry good, she also prescribed anti biotics. That neosporin is some really good stuff, very painful for 5 secs but does the job. (one time use by your vet).

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    Hi Tarib,

    I had a similar thing with my dog and I bathed it with warm salt water and gently dryed it with a clean towel twice a day for a few days and it healed just fine. I wish you luck, give it a few days and if it does not show signs of scabbing over take your dog back to the vet. It is best that it is exposed to the air so that it has a chance to heal.

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    thanks for all of the replies. I feel like since this whole thing happened it has just been a nightmare. He took the splint off twice himself, then the last time it was put on it was supposed to be on until 8/17, but I made the dr. take it off yesterday and I am so glad I did. I am still afraid, that it won't be ok. I washed it this morning with dial soap, but some peroxide on it, (it didn't bubble, so I guess thats good), then I wrapped in lightly with gauze, and he has left it alone, but it still has some oozing. The vet had said "let him lick it" but I don't know if he had meant just to clean it off (when the tape was taken off it was bleeding alot), or if he meant it was ok for him to keep licking it. It kind of drives me crazy to have him licking it all the time. I was kind of worried about gangrene, because it was wrapped tight around his paw. I will probably call the vet either today or Monday at the latest if it is not healing. I feel like a nervous Nellie. The worst part is that this vet is not my regular vet. Mine had been out of town when he broke his leg and this new dr. was the only one available (I have heard good things about him), so I stayed with him at least until Rileys leg was out of the splint. Now I kind of feel like he is done with me, he kind of gave me the bums rush out of there yesterday. It is so hard with animals because they can't tell you how they feel. He doesn't seem to be in pain, except he isn't putting weight on his leg, but the vet said that was ok, because he would rather he does that slowly anyway. Well I'm just going on and on because I'm nervous and don't want anything bad to happen to him. tarib

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    I completely understand what you're going through. My area has an emergency clinic, worth looking around for if it will give you sound mind. If not, I would maybe get him a cone so he CANT keep licking it, and just keep it very clean.

    I'm sorry the vet gave you the brush off. I wish you and Riley the best.

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    Google vets in your area.

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    I have a call into the vet right now. They may give me some antibiotic cream or something. I guess he will just have to be a cone head for awhile, and how he hates that. They said he should not be licking it all the time as he was, so..... and of course they can't get him in today because it is a substitute dr. in today not familiar with his case. If they have me come and pick up meds I took a picture of his paw and I am going to take it with me.

    Well I'm on my way.....

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    Best of luck to you. I saw a different cone at Petco the other day, made out of a fabric material instead of plastic. Seemed like it'd be more comfortable. Might be worth a shot.

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    thanks because OH how he dislikes this cone. The vet said he has probably licked his paw so much he licked the fur off. Now that he has left it alone for awhile it almost looks like a blister in spots, so maybe that is the problem. He is such a skittish and high strung dog that he gets excited and then runs into things with the cone and that scares him..... hopefully the longer he keeps it on he will become used to it. Right now he just stands on three feet and stares at me.....guess he will tire eventually and have to lay down.

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    poor puppy dog. Best of luck to Riley, it seems you're feeling better about the situation, which is great. It'd be unfortunate to have to worry all weekend about it.

    A suggestion: when all this clears up, you might want to get a copy of his vet records, so if the vet blows you off again, you can see a second opinion.

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    that vet was not my real vet anyway, just a fill in because my real vet was out of town. I only stuck with him because I figured I would stick with him until the splint came off. My real vet also knew this. I do think if this does not look alot better by Monday I am calling my real vet for a second opinion.

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    We just got home from our "real" vet. Thank goodness we went. He was very upset to see the looks of his paw. He cut off a lot of dead skin, and said that it is possible that 2 toes may not make it. He said it looks like the tape that the other vet put on to keep the splint in place was to tight and cut off the circulation. He asked if we had more anitbiotics, and I said the other vet never gave me any. He looked like "you have to be kidding". I wouldn't be surprised if the other vet gets a phone call. He skin he took off was right down to the tendon. So he has it all wrapped up and said it will probably take 3-4 weeks to heal. So fingers crossed we will be on the road to recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarib View Post
    We just got home from our "real" vet. Thank goodness we went. He was very upset to see the looks of his paw. He cut off a lot of dead skin, and said that it is possible that 2 toes may not make it. He said it looks like the tape that the other vet put on to keep the splint in place was to tight and cut off the circulation. He asked if we had more anitbiotics, and I said the other vet never gave me any. He looked like "you have to be kidding". I wouldn't be surprised if the other vet gets a phone call. He skin he took off was right down to the tendon. So he has it all wrapped up and said it will probably take 3-4 weeks to heal. So fingers crossed we will be on the road to recovery.
    Oh no! I'm extremely glad you went. I too wouldn't be surprised the other vet got a phone call. That's completely uncalled for.

    I just got back from the vet myself. Wrinkles likely has nerve damage from a neck or shoulder injury when he was younger, and his front left paw is likely to be lame for the rest of his life. He will have to wear a boot . I'm ok with this though, I'm actually going to start another thread for bootie suggestions. I'm extremely glad we went, I can't believe the vet he saw last week didn't even NOTICE the lame paw.

    Lesson learned definitely for both of us: always trust your instincts. I really hope that he will be able to keep his toes. If not, I do think that the vet that errored should completely pay for his surgeries.

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    It makes you wonder who you can really trust. I worry because my "real" vet is going to retire in a few years.....what will I do then?

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    well, if you live near NY, I can recommend a good vet!

    If not... I'd ask around at work/in the family, get recommendations. Take the pooch in for a check up while he's healthy and assess the vet then. If you hav luke warm feelings, odds are you need to keep looking. I'm very fortunate and have an amazing vet. He spent an hour and a half with Wrinkles Monday. Very thorough, offered lots of information in terms of feeding, what to worry about what not to worry about, options for his paw, what he recommends, etc.

    Then once you find a replacement vet... ask him for a backup plan if he's ever out. Get a whole system down while you can!

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    Yes well the vet that messed up his foot is very well liked and lots of people just love him....I guess we just had a bad experience. I really liked him too...very friendly, seemed good with Riley, probably someone has had a bad experience with our vet at some time or the other too. Just like people doctors, someone you love, someone else doesn't.

    I'm glad you have found someone you like and trust.

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