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I've noticed my dog biting at this leg the past few days but didn't think anything of it but I saw today the fur was completely gone and there was a nasty sore on it. He doesn't seem to mind it pain wise and I was able to clean it with some peroxide and a qtip and it didn't phase him. Should this be something I'm worried about?
 

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First, remove the hair surrounding the wound to provide a 1 inch border (minimum). The hair will interfere with treatment and serve to irritate the wound.

Then I would clean it with a dilute mix of betadine and take the dog to the Vet. Follow by placing a Cone of Shame on the dog, Elizabethan Collar. This will prevent additional irritation from chewing on the wound.

The dark are in the center is concerning. This does not appear to be a typical "hot spot" due to the center area.

FWIW, peroxide is not a good cleaning agent. Betadine is a better choice that is widely available in any drug store in 8 oz bottles. Betadine is useful for wound cleansing on animals and people. Hospitals use this to prep surgery sites.

Use good hygiene practice to clean the wound after the hair is removed and the Cone is on. Wash hands, clean gauze or cloth, mix Betadine with clean warm water, add Betadine to the water to obtain a dark tea color, clean the wound with dabbing, flushing, rinsing. Allow to air dry. Go to the Vet. You could probably do a walk-in for treatment.

Please follow up with the diagnosis and final treatment.
 

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You need to clip out more hair. The hair should not reach or cover the wound.

Don't worry, the hair will grow back.

Meanwhile, place the cone collar on the dog and keep the site clean.

Keep the pictures to show the Vet. It may help with the diagnosis. I would expect the wound to be larger in the morning, don't be surprised.
 

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The wound is looking a little better today. The vet believed it was just an abscessed bug bite. They provided a surgery option to remove or medicine. Trying the medicine and keeping it clean first.
 

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It is looking better. Glad the vet had a look and isnt' tremendously concerned.

An over the counter product I use to help prevent infection and speed healing is a triple anit-biotic ointment that is applied topically. A common brand name is Neosporin, there are store brands with the same ingredients and same levels for less cost. Just a small dab is all that is needed.

Suggest to keep the cone on and clean with a betadine solution, add a dab of triple anti-biotic. I would expect it to be scabbed over in a day or 2. At that point, you can probably stop external care and stay on the Vet's prescription until consumed.

Speedy healing.
 

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To clarify should I be letting it scab? The vet said to remove any scabbing which I thought was odd but I also didn't question it.
 

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Follow your Vet's advice. Just means you will need to continue the external cleaning. Betadine and triple anti-biotic will be good weapons to prevent infection.
 
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