I am hoping for some advice, without having to go to the vet. My dog has a cut on the end of the ear that just won't heal. It will not stay scabbed long enough. It's around an inch long, but not deep. I have tried just about everything. Help?
Maybe you can try getting those cones that goes around the dogs neck get after surgery, so that your dog doesn't remove the scab. If the cut is infected then you may not have a choice about going to the vet though.
Treat him like one of the kids: wash the site, put neosprin on the site, then to keep covered apply liquid skin or liquid bandaid. He's going to be mad because it will sting but he won't be able to get it off.
My 15 year old dog had a puncture wound from another dog's bite and I did actually take her to the vet. He recommended I treat her with hydrogen peroxide. He told me to mix 1/3 parts hydrogen peroxide with 2/3 parts warm water and 2-3 times a day swab the site with a clean rag until it was clean looking with no "gunk" around the edges. I did that for about a week and it healed right up. PLEASE DON'T USE PEROXIDE on your pet without mixing it with water. Very important to cut it with water as per my vet's instructions.
What one other poster said about the cut being infected may be true though. You may have to take your pet to the vet. Also no offense to anyone or anything but it's better to keep the cut clean and open to the air rather than cover it with a cream or ointment. When I was treating my dog, my vet had already clipped the hair around the wound just a little so the hair wasn't covering up the wound and preventing healing. I had Moo for about 17 years. Here's a photo taken of her when she was probably about 15-16. She was a blue heeler.
Is your dog scratching the wound? If so, get an e-collar to prevent that. Clip the hair around the wound to promote healing - do not cover it with anything. Clean gently with mild soap and water, avoid knocking the healing scabs off - do this every other day or so - but check the wound daily for changes. If if won't heal, perhaps your dog has another problem (such as diabetes which prevents wound healing). There may be other reasons it won't heal, but I'm not a vet. If it doesn't look any better in a week or so, go to the vet. P.S.: Peroxide damages/kills tissue, so I would think twice about using it without a vet's recommendation.
I understand wounds on the ears bleed more, sometimes excessively, and are more difficult to heal. Why don't you want to take him to the vet? If he was injured by another dog, there could be other injuries.
My little poodle just got groomed and now he has a small scab on the ends of his ears, both at that. I would use polysporin, in fact I'am going to try it now. keep ya posted and good luck with your
critters. Carol, British Columbia, CANADA :)
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