Infected Dog Wound

by Tanya

Infected Dog Wound Reader Question: About a week ago my dog was out playing and scratched herself. (something she does all the time)I cleaned the scratch with betadine and she was fine.

Yesterday the area under the scratch swelled and became hot. I started her on clavamox and lanced it. Pus mixed with blood came out. Cleaned it with peroxide and betadine agan. Is there anything more that needs to be done? Would soaking the area in epsom salts or a vet visit help? She is really skittish and we do not have a good vet in this area. Molly is a pit bull and is 2 years old. I will take a picture and send it if needed.

Infected Dog Wound Editor Reply:

Dear Tanya,

Thank you for your question. Sometimes minor wounds and scratches can develop into complicated problems, as we saw in this particular case. This can be prevented though, through a proper approach towards treatment.

Betadine is an effective antiseptic preparation and you noticed that it worked well initially, but the problem persisted. Note that pus and blood under the scratch represents inflammation and the development of a secondary infection.

Betadine must have worked, but your pet was exposed to the environment and secondary bacteria, thereafter.

Secondly, you administered Clavamox, which is a CO-Amoxiclav, an antibiotic. Though effective, you
must not administer it on your own as some dogs may appear sensitive to antibiotics. Only administer under the guidance of your veterinarian.

For the time being, I suggest thoroughly cleaning the wound; Betadine is an effective antiseptic, but I would prefer peroxide, it will help to eliminate any bacteria and has anti inflammatory properties as well. You should clean the wound at least twice a day with peroxide until it starts to heal.

As far the pus and blood in the wound is concerned, you should remember that these are signs of secondary infections caused by opportunistic bacteria. Your veterinarian can prescribe a suitable topical antibiotic cream or powder, preferably containing Neomycin.

As an alternate, you can try a natural preparation, which can be used to prepare the wound for treatment, such as Clenzor, followed by a topical which contains herbs that are antibacterial in nature such as Wound Dr. Natural remedies are safe and effective.

In addition, for your skittish pet and its habits like excessive scratching etc, I suggest some behavioral training that is limited to the area in your home. You can try herbal remedies such as Aggression Formula to keep your dog calm and friendly. Be sure to involve your dog in some playful activities which are not harmful.

Please let us know how your dog's bite wound heals.

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Dec 09, 2011
Peroxide is not a good antiseptic
by: Dr. Tom

Hi, just wanted to comment that peroxide is not a very effective antiseptic and also destroys fibroblasts and so slows wound healing, dilute povidone iodine or dilute chlorohexadine are much better choices.

Tom C, DVM

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