Dogs Community
10.3k Members
Avatar universal

non healing wound on my dogs paw

My dog has had an open wound on her paw for several months, I keep treating it but she wont leave it alone and it won't heal. She had another place on her face but it finally did heal. Could this be a bigger problem? Also, this past summer she had a seizuer but has not had one since. She is slightly over weight and I have her on weight management dog food. Can anyone help me with this?
2 Responses
172023 tn?1334672284
Your dog needs to be seen by a vet.  An open, non healing wound needs professional care and treatment.

A dog who has had a seizure also needs some care, but if its been many months since she had one, that might not be an issue right now.
685623 tn?1283481607
Hi there...peekawho is correct, this wound needs veterinary attention.

Often, a little scratch, insect bite, or other type of seemingly insignificant wound can drive our dogs crazy!!  Its almost as if the dog becomes obsessive over the wound and, as you mentioned, will not leave it alone.  This constant licking and chewing prevents the wound from healing naturally and can cause a bigger problem down the road known as a lick granuloma.

The key to healing these stubborn wounds is to get the dog's mind off of the wound.  Some veterinarians will inject steroids into the area to minimize the inflammation and the symptoms, others might recommend a surgical approach to remove the wound.  As you make your appointment to see your veterinarian, you might consider putting an elizabethan collar on her (the "cone") so that she can't reach the wound to lick it.  You can buy one at local petstores.

Good luck...I hope you will check back and let us know how she is doing.

Have an Answer?
Top Dogs Answerers
675347 tn?1365460645
United Kingdom
974371 tn?1424653129
Central Valley, CA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Members of our Pet Communities share their Halloween pet photos.
Like to travel but hate to leave your pooch at home? Dr. Carol Osborne talks tips on how (and where!) to take a trip with your pampered pet
Ooh and aah your way through these too-cute photos of MedHelp members' best friends
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child