Reader Question and Home Treatment Suggestions: How to Treat an Ulcer on a Dog Leg
by Kim Fowler
Lulu leg ulcer 11 year old female pug. Healthy girl, no medication
Reader Question: How Do You Treat a Dog Leg Ulcer at Home?
My dog's name is Lulu with a leg ulcer 11 year old female pug. Healthy girl, no medication. Any suggested home treatments?
Suggestions from Our Editor on Dog Leg Ulcer Treatment
Sorry to hear about Lulu's leg ulcer.
Based on the image, it appears to be a fairly well-defined, circular lesion with some depth. There's evidence of inflammation and possibly infection, given the redness and appearance of the tissue.
While only a veterinarian can provide a definitive diagnosis, here are some possible causes in order of liklihood for a dog leg ulcer and related treatment options.
1. Possible Infection: Given Lulu's age and the appearance of the ulcer, an infection is a likely cause. This could be due to a break in the skin that has allowed bacteria to enter and proliferate.
Action: It's important to keep the area clean to prevent further infection. You can gently clean the area with mild antiseptic, but avoid using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol as these can be too harsh. Apply a thin layer of an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, and consider covering it with a bandage to prevent Lulu from licking it. Ensure the bandage is not too tight and check the area daily for signs of improvement or worsening.
2. Underlying Conditions: In an older dog, ulcers can sometimes be a sign of an underlying condition that might not be immediately apparent.
Action: Watch for other symptoms such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or changes in behavior that could indicate a more systemic issue. If you notice any of these, or if the ulcer does not begin to heal, a vet visit is necessary.
3. Pressure Sores: If Lulu has been resting a lot and lying in the same position, this could also be a pressure sore.
Action: Providing a soft, supportive bed and encouraging her to change positions frequently can help. If Lulu is overweight, reducing her weight can decrease the pressure on her limbs.
Remember, while some initial home care is fine, ulcers can worsen quickly without proper veterinary care, especially in senior dogs. If there's no improvement within a couple of days, or if the ulcer looks worse at any point, please take her to the vet as soon as possible.
I hope Lulu feels better soon! Keep an eye on her, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions.
Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide