Abscess or healing?

by Luke

Recent photo of wound

Recent photo of wound

So my girls (dogs) got into it the other day due to fence aggression. One girl got a good bite to the side. It’s been healing great with little draining 4 days later. We have been spraying Vetericyn Plus on the wound 4 times a day and doing warm compresses. However, some hard swelling has occurred and I’m unsure if it is an abscess or not. The site does not smell, is not hot, is not leaking any unusual fluids, and is not painful for my girl when I touch around it. Should I be concerned or give it a few more days? I will take her to the vet if necessary but I’m trying to give it a chance at home.

Editor Thoughts on Wound Healing

Hi Luke,

Sorry to hear about the bite wound on your dog.

Symptoms: If I understand you correctly, you described a bite wound that is healing but with hard swelling, no signs of infection (smell, heat, unusual fluids), and no pain on touch.

Thoughts: You're doing a good job caring for the wound with Vetericyn Plus and warm compresses, and it seems you are monitoring the wound closely. Swelling can sometimes be a natural part of the healing process, but it could also be indicative of something more serious like an abscess or hematoma.

Since you've not noticed any signs of infection and the wound isn't causing discomfort, it may be reasonable to continue monitoring the swelling closely for another 24-48 hours. If the swelling does not decrease or if any new signs of infection appear, then I would recommend scheduling a visit with your local veterinarian.

A physical examination by a professional would be the best way to assess the nature of the swelling and determine whether any specific treatment or antibiotics are needed. In the meantime, continue with the current care routine, and don't hesitate to call your veterinarian to discuss the situation if you have any concerns.

Please keep us up to date on your dog's condition.

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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