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Hi! My dog has a weird hole that appeared in his back leg. It is about half an inch in diameter and depth and it is perfectly round. It’s open but it is not constantly bleeding. I took him to the vet and they gave him antibiotics but it is not healing (I’ll add a photo tomorrow). Has anyone had a similar issue?
My dog is a golden mix and his 13 years old. He has minor arthritis issues.
 

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Hi! My dog has a weird hole that appeared in his back leg. It is about half an inch in diameter and depth and it is perfectly round. It’s open but it is not constantly bleeding. I took him to the vet and they gave him antibiotics but it is not healing (See photo). Has anyone had a similar issue?
My dog is a golden mix and his 13 years old. He has minor arthritis issues.
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Did the vet not have any ideas of what caused it? I hope it heals well.
 

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I would call your vet and explain that it is not healing and ask if that's normal. Did the vet tell you what it is? If that is a wound I'm surprised they just left it open like that. I mean, I am not a vet so I don't know, but I guess I would be asking why they wouldn't stitch it closed to heal (if it isn't a hot spot or something).

Also, is he licking the wound at all? If so, you should prevent this with a cone so the wound can heal. I'm sure your vet can provide one, or any pet store sells them.
 

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No, it’s not a hot spot and the vet has no idea what it is. I do have him on the cone to avoid scratching. He told me to take him back if it doesn’t heal within 10 days of antibiotics and we are on day 5, but I was hoping someone had had a similar experience and knew what it was. I just feel like our vet is guessing.
 

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I'd give him a call and let him know you're halfway through treatment with no change or sign of healing, because it does seem like there should be some progress by now. You can always seek out a second opinion from a different vet as well, especially if you feel like your vet is out of his depth with this.

Depending on where you are, you may want to ask about the possibility of this being a botfly warble. Do NOT look this up on google if you're at all squeamish.
 

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If it isn't showing signs of infection or appear to be getting worse, then I would wait those 10 days as instructed by your vet. As Daysleepers said, though, you may want to give the vet a call, or perhaps send him a picture to get his opinion on how it should be progressing.

Sometimes vets do have to guess and go through some trial and error. Dogs can't talk, so your pup can't tell the vet what happened! If you are unsatisfied with you vet's performance, though, it is always okay to get a second opinion.
 

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Can the vet do a biopsy or skin scrape or whatever it's called? If it's a specific bacteria, you may need specific antibiotics. They are not one fit for all, bacteria is gram positive/negative, different antibiotics treat different bacteria.

I really hope something is figured out and your dog improves.
 

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My dog, a poodle, had the same thing happen to her on the back of her neck just below her head. I took her to the vet who gave me a cream to put on it, but it just got bigger. When I took her back to the vet, she said, we have to operate which she did. I don't know exactly what it was because the vet didn't explain it well to me. She thought somethng had bitten her and she scratched it, but I don't think it was that. When I came to pick my dog up the next day, she had a three inch incision and lots of stiches where the hole had been. The hole was the size of a half dollar and almost an inch deep. I put a scarf around her neck besides the big collar she had to wear while the incision healed which took about ten days. She's fine and the scar is not visible and she is just fine now. It was very weird to have a hole just pop up in her all by itself. I find it hard to believe that she dug a hole in her neck with her nails. It was frightening, but all is well now. Take your dog to a vet this minute. It won't heal by itself or any cream. I did have to give my dog antibiotics after the surgery and put salve on the stitches. Take care of your dog now.
 

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Hi! My dog has a weird hole that appeared in his back leg. It is about half an inch in diameter and depth and it is perfectly round. It’s open but it is not constantly bleeding. I took him to the vet and they gave him antibiotics but it is not healing (I’ll add a photo tomorrow). Has anyone had a similar issue?
My dog is a golden mix and his 13 years old. He has minor arthritis issues.
New to this so I’m not sure how to reply properly but I have a question: do you have a tie out for your dog? Back in 2017 my GSD was on a “pig tail” tie out (looks like a cork screw that twists into the ground so you can attach a leash to it. She took off running after a rabbit and pig tail dislodged from the ground and spring back hitting her leg, creating an almost same exact mark (picture below) it took a while to heal but I put antibiotic ointment on it and kept it wrapped
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