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What is the cause of these open wounds?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by silly321, Jul 10, 2019.


  1. silly321

    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    Please see attached picture of the two open wounds on my dog’s face.


    What is the cause of these open wounds?


    What are these open wounds from? Can they be an internal problem?


    My dog is a english staffordshire terrier mix that’s 12.5 years old and is an indoor dog, but I let her go out briefly to roam the backyard on her own for five minutes when she goes to the bathroom. My dog got this open wound above her eye yesterday. I assumed she ran into something in the backyard. But today, she got another wound to the left of that initial wound. I’m now thinking the cause is internal. Can anyone shed some clarity on this?
     

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    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    What does your vet say?

    What is an indoor dog? Does she get walked?
     
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    psychund PetForums Junior

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    Unfortunately I don't think anyone here can give you the answers you're looking for. I'd opt for a vet visit. It could be numerous things that come to mind. Skin issues, she could be digging at it, she could have a parasite, she could have gotten cut on something, etc.
     
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  4. silly321

    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    She hasn't been to the vet. Indoor meaning that she spends all her time indoors versus outdoors. She gets walked briefly about once a week.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Please take your dog to the vet.
     
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    OP as others have said only the vet can advise. The causes could be numerous including trauma injuries, toxins, self inflicted causes eg scratching or rubbing or other reasons which may be serious or not.

    What country are you in OP? Here in the UK there is a disease called Alabama rot which causes skin lesions to the face and legs which can be extremely serious. No one knows the cause. It is proably unlikely given your dog is not walked frequently but the general advice is to see a vet if skin lesions are found as prompt treatment may help, and save their life if it does turn out to be this.
     
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    I would get them checked by a vet.
     
  8. silly321

    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    I’m in sunny Southern California in the United States.
     
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  9. silly321

    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    The vet said that she it’s hard to tell but it looks like she was bitten. She said clean it with warm water cotton balls and neosporin.
     
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    As she appears to have wounded herself whilst out in the yard, instead of leaving her alone, stay out there with her and you may see what it is that has caused the injuries.

    Why do you only walk her briefly once a week?
     
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  11. silly321

    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    Took to second opinion vet.

    This is what vet found-

    Scratching due to Allergies

    Hot spot- skin inflamed

    Self inflicted scratch

    Scratch on bottom and redness and discoloration due to scratching

    Bacterial skin infection


    Prescribed:

    Cefpodoxime proxetil 100mg (antibiotic)

    Apoquel 5.4 mg (anti-itch)
     
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    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Do you notice her scratching a lot?
     
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    is_emmalee PetForums Newbie

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    I seriously recommend that you take your dog for a walk everyday especially if she is an ‘indside dog’. Unless she has some kind of difficulty with walking.
     
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    She needs walking every day.
     
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    silly321 PetForums Newbie

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    What’s the reason you are recommending this?

    She currently doesn’t have mobility issues. Thank you for the feedback.
     
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    Dogs need exercise, same as people. A walk every day will keep her fit and mobile, reduce arthritis pain, improve circulation and digestion, and provide mental stimulation as well.

    Just a few minutes a day, to start, since she's older and not used to it.

    Are the wounds responding to treatment?
     
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    She still needs walking every day, like all dogs.
     
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    My boy would go stir crazy if he was only walked once a week.
     
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