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My grandma recently moved in with us with her small 10 yo dog. Her dog and the little dog next door got into a fight this morning, but it wasn't a major one and there was no apparent injury. This evening we noticed a reddish-brown trail down my grandma's dog's side. I checked her out and I found a quarter size red, raised circular sore between her shoulder blades. Part of the sore was a hole and the reddish-brown stuff was blood, I guess.<br><br>
So I'm assuming this is an abscess not caused by the fight earlier today (because a bite wouldn't turn into an abscess that quickly, right?) And it didn't bleed earlier today. And the quarter-sized sore has no hair on it, so I'm thinking it's been there awhile.<br><br>
What should we do now? We cleaned it with peroxide. My grandma doesn't think it's vet-worthy, and besides, none of us has the money right now to go to the vet. How should we treat it at home? How do we know if she'll need antibiotics?
 

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If you absolutely can't go to the vet, clean it with saline. LOTS AND LOTS OF IT. Make up a solution with distilled (or boiled) water and clean salt, and get a big oral syringe, and stick the tip in the draining hole and flush it like crazy several times a day. Take her temperature--get a normal human thermometer and use it rectally with a little K-Y--every day until the wound is well on its way to healing. Over 102 is a fever (dogs have a higher body temperature than we do). If the dog runs a fever, figure out a way to get it to the vet.<br><br>
Don't use peroxide or ointment. Just saline, and keep the wound clean and fresh.
 

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We'll be taking her to the vet tomorrow (my grandma reconsidered). She seems to be feeling ok. It's not swollen or warm to the touch. I think she probably broke it open while rolling on the grass in our yard. I just saw her do that again (even with the sore.) I've been trying to keep it open by rubbing it with a towel and then spraying it with Bactine. I'll flush it with saline tonight.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you absolutely can't go to the vet, clean it with saline. LOTS AND LOTS OF IT. Make up a solution with distilled (or boiled) water and clean salt, and get a big oral syringe, and stick the tip in the draining hole and flush it like crazy several times a day. Take her temperature--get a normal human thermometer and use it rectally with a little K-Y--every day until the wound is well on its way to healing. Over 102 is a fever (dogs have a higher body temperature than we do). If the dog runs a fever, figure out a way to get it to the vet.<br><br>
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And actually, it sounds to me like it's a puncture wound from the fight earlier in the day - dog bites have a lot of crushing/bruising force, & they tend to swell up a lot a little while afterwards; then they ooze, because of the swelling. Saline is great, or I use a lot of Betadine solution from the drugstore (or feedstore). Vets usually recommend the flushing, then put them on Keflex capsules to avoid infection. Shaving some of the fur away from the puncture can help keep the area clean & dry - fur grows back.
 

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Yep, it's a puncture wound. There's a smaller one on her knee. It looks a lot better today. The vet shaved the hair around the wounds and put her on cephalexin. Yay! Thanks for the help.
 

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