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Old 09-24-2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default 1 year old lab, nasty oozing wounds, help.

we have a 1 year old female golden labrador called sophie and an 8 year old welsh border collie called toby.

sophie has recently started to have oozing wounds appear on her, she has one on the side of her face, one her head near her left ear, one on the back of her head and one on the top of her shoulders.

the wounds are about the size of a 20p piece, or around 1 inch in diameter and circular in shape, the skin looks red to start with and then oozes out a yellow pus and the wound looks wet, after a day or two the wounds seem to dry out but still appear a pale yellow in colour. they smell bad as well.

the hair on the wound still has hair on it but has thinned slightly and is coated in pus.

these wounds seem to appear very quickly indeed, thurday morning we woke up to find two wounds on her, now she has 4.

she has had a flea problem lately and we've used spot-on fleas drops and washed her with flea shampoo every 2 months or so after the spot on has run out.

does anyone know what this could be? could it be food allergy? im thinking of taking her into the vet tomorrow as the wounds look infected and some still haven't dried up. she's not showing any other symtoms though, she's eating and is full of beans as normal.

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They sound like hot-spots or they could be an allergy but she would be scratching like mad.

I would take her to the vet as soon as possible, hot-spots can be nasty and they do spread as you are seeing.

Best wishes let us know what you find out.

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Old 09-24-2006, 07:47 AM   #3
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many thanks.

we thought she had got them from scratching, but some of them are in places she cannot reach or hasn't been scatching.

since posting this the wound near her ear that now has hardly any fur on it has started to bleed, looks awful and painful but doesn't seem to be bothering her at all.

it looks like someone has cut off a layer of skin and fur from her head

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Poor Girl. Sounds awful, can you get her to the vet today ? Hot-spots are like like flesh eating disease and should be looked at immediatley so they do not be come worse.

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Old 09-24-2006, 08:19 AM   #5
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no vets are open around these parts today.

we're going to try an cut back the fur around thr wounds and bath them with something anti-bacterial and apply a powder for sores and wounds.

this should help to stop it from spreading any further until we can get her to a vet.

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Go to the store and buy some Apple Cider Vinegar and dab on those spot 5 times a day until healed. Also, perxoide helps with hot spots, so either one try and get them started to heal. Usually fleas cause these, so u must get rid of all fleas. Use Garlic powder, they will not eat on a dog with lots of garlic. Good luck
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does sound like hot spots which as was pointed out are often a staph infection. They can appear very suddenly (overnight even) and Bayta had these when she was younger (2-3 yrs). She went through a long, questionable treatment with a killed-staph protein to try to desensitize her. I had to give her weekly injections. Either she outgrew the problem or we did get it under control. But frankly, a round of antibiotics was also immensely helpful. I've not heard of being able to get rid of bacterial infections (assuming this is the problem vs. allergies which in my experience are slower onset from itch to ooze) with OTC products but certainly you can keep it clean and try to ease the discomfort.

What I do not know is if these forms of staph are transmissable to humans. My family never experienced any infection while Bay was going through her problems. But I wouldn't let it go too long in case it could be. Staph is getting to be a huge health problem for humans.
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These do sound like hot spots, but they could also be lick granulomas. Is it possible that toby is licking sophie's coat, obsessively? Something else to rule out.
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