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- Apr 26, 2012
Well, before I saw your reply, we did her care for the evening. That yellow, squishy area had us both concerned, so we peeled off the scab and picked around in the yellowish area. A bunch of it pulled out very easily, like dead flesh. I’m assuming healed tissue wouldn’t just come off so easily? I don’t know. I feel like we just start over every time we open it up again, but if that WAS dead tissue or hardened pus, it needed to come out, correct? There is a literal hole, about 1/2” deep, where some of the yellow stuff came out of. Some of it was closer to the surface. We irrigated it very thoroughly with peroxide, then saline, then sprayed with Vetericyn, and finally we filled the hole as best we could with the antibiotic ointment the vet prescribed. Wrapped it with gauze, and put a clean bootie back on for the night.Yes that is the correct stuff. And you do have the dosage correct.
So looking at the foot, it doesn't look like any necrotic tissue. The softer scab looks like what you typically see when the wound doesn't dry as much. That is obviously going to happen, since you have to wrap the feet. If you peel it off and don't see any more puss, then I would just let it heal. Once the scab is ready to fall off, it will start to come off on its own. Otherwise it looks like it is on its way to healing.
Would it be better if we actually packed the hole with gauze along with the ointment? That way the hole will stay open while it heals from the inside out? I just don’t know why it keeps filling/covering back up with what seems like dead tissue or pus. At least there was minimal bleeding. I just feel like the more times we keep digging around in there, the more chance that we will introduce more bacteria, even though we are careful. There is no bad smell, and she tolerates it pretty well. She is acting normal and happy. How, I don’t know.
Here is a link to this evening’s findings.
I feel like I should order some liquid Baytril and get her back on it. That hole is so deep, how can it not be clear to the bone?! But I fear giving her sour crop or a yeast infection. I read in this book I got that you don’t want them on an antibiotic for more than 5 days. She already did a 10-day course, but I think the dose maybe was not correct. Anybody have any input regarding this?
Thanks so much!