What are Skin Ulcers?

A skin ulcer is a deep lesion that can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from bug bites to cancer. Though the ulcer itself is not life-threatening, you should have a veterinarian examine your dog for underlying conditions, as skin ulcers are typically a sign of infection or disease.

If your dog has an open sore that is oozing pus, it is likely that he or she is suffering from a skin ulcer. These lesions usually indicate injury, infection, or disease and require an examination by a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Treatment and prognosis varies depending on the source of the ulcer, though the ulcer itself should heal within a few weeks if kept clean and pressure free.

Symptoms of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

A skin ulcer is visible as a lesion that is oozing or leaking. These sores can occur anywhere on the body and are typically accompanied by depigmentation or hair loss, as well as inflammation or redness around the wound. Your dog may exhibit different symptoms depending on the cause of the ulcer, including lethargy, loss of appetite, pain, and depression.

Causes of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

Skin ulcers are lesions that affect deeper layers of the skin and result when the upper layer is compromised. These are a symptom of many different conditions and may occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Adverse reactions to bug bites or to drugs
  • Trauma or burns
  • Fungal infection, such as blastomycosis or cryptococcosis
  • Bacterial infection
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Cancer, such as lymphoma and basal cell tumors
  • Parasitic disorders, including mange
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as pemphigus
  • Congenital disorders – the skin is abnormal at birth, in which case the abnormality may or may not be inherited
  • Metabolic disorders

Some breeds may be more susceptible to certain causes for skin ulcers, whether due to genetics, age, physical characteristics, or environment, though all dogs are at risk of developing these lesions over the course of their lives.

Diagnosis of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

If you notice a lesion on your dog’s skin, bring your dog in to a veterinarian for a thorough examination. Be prepared to provide a history, including your dog’s recent activity, places you may have visited, and any additional signs or behaviors that are out of the ordinary.

As part of this examination, the veterinarian may conduct blood tests, take cultures of any fluids to identify the infection, and perform a biopsy of the affected skin. This helps determine the cause of the ulcer and discover any other conditions. Depending on the results, the veterinarian may recommend further tests, such as x-rays, ultrasounds, or urinalysis, which will reveal more information regarding the root cause of your dog’s skin ulcers and show the extent of the condition. This allows the veterinarian to determine the best course of action and prescribe treatment accordingly.

Monitor your dog carefully throughout this process. Even if your dog does not initially exhibit unusual signs beyond the ulcer, further symptoms may still develop over time. Alert the veterinarian immediately if you notice any changes.

Treatment of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

Treatment varies widely according to the cause of the skin ulcer. Most lesions can be successfully treated at home, though the veterinarian may recommend hospitalization, depending on the underlying condition. In all cases, the ulcerated skin must be kept clean and free of pressure. The wound should be kept moist, as this allows sufficient blood to reach the area and enhances the healing process. You may want to ask the veterinarian about hydroactive wound dressings, which mold to the sore and keep the area moist without additional intervention.

If the lesion is the result of fungal or bacterial organisms, the veterinarian will prescribe medication to fight the infection. Any other conditions, such as cancer or burns, will need to be treated according to the veterinarian’s directions.

Treatment will need to be administered for several weeks as the wound slowly heals. During this time, you should monitor your dog for additional symptoms and to ensure that the skin ulcer is closing.

Recovery of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

The recovery process may take several weeks to several months, depending on the underlying condition. Prevent your dog from biting or licking the wound, and do not allow your dog to swim, as this may lead to infection. If necessary, remove any dead tissue from the wound as it collects to stop it from interfering with the healing process.

You may need to bring your dog in to the veterinarian for a follow-up exam to check how well the lesion is healing, as well as to monitor any underlying conditions. The ulcer itself should heal within a few weeks with proper care, though the overall prognosis varies according to the extent of the disease.

Cost of Skin Ulcers in Dogs

The treatment for a skin ulcer depends on the cause. However, most skin ulcers can be treated at home after consulting with a veterinarian. It’s important to keep the area clean to avoid infection. A soap made for sensitive skin, such as Cetaphil can be bought at most drug stores and can cost $3 per bar on average. The veterinarian may want you to use an ointment or cream to keep the area moist. Depending on the type of skin ulcer your dog has, an ointment or a cream may not be enough and may cause pain when applied. Check with your veterinarian about a skin care spray (such as Vetericyn) that can assist the healing process; keep it clean and avoid additional pain to the area. Vetericyn costs between $25 and $45 per bottle. The veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to help treat the skin ulcer if the cause is fungal or bacterial. Antibiotics usually cost between $15 and $45. The total cost of the above supplies is between $38 and $63. The total cost and treatment plan will vary greatly if the cause is cancer or a burn.

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Skin Ulcers Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

bruno
American Staffordshire Terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

my dog has somthing on his neck but looks like a burn but hasnt been burnt

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Any ulcer or erosion of the skin could be primary or secondary in origin. Primary lesions are caused by irritants to the skin like chemicals or skin infections, removal of the irritant or treatment of the infection will usually resolve the ulceration. Secondary lesions are a symptom of another condition like autoimmune, metabolic or systemic disease which has skin lesions as a symptom, treatment of the primary condition and the treatment of the skin lesion would be required. A visit to your Veterinarian to identify the cause of the lesion is required as I haven’t examined Bruno and cannot make a diagnosis. If you cannot get immediately to a Veterinarian, don’t use a collar around his neck and if you have one use a harness if you need to have him on the lead. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is losing hair on his neck it looks like a burn but it is not a it is draining pus it looks like a hole in his neck

Doctor, my dog died within 12 days. He was 18 months old. He had skin problem which we were treating through VET. One fine morning three ulcers erupted, we took him to doctor. He gave almost five injections and said its alarming and its mites. He called him morning evening and was giving medicine and cleaning the wound and also treated him with saline. He got his blood test done which showed 35% hemoglobin and low WBC. He was treating him. Then we took him to other vet who said he does not need saline and can be treated with medicine. Then my dog started getting fits and died. I could not understand what exactly had happened to him. He dint eat for two days properly and went. I don't understand what had happened to him exactly, why he went so early. Just 12 days. Pls advise. It's important.

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Muppet
shetzu
10 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Pain

I found a big inflamed round aria under my dog's chine. It is getting worth. Start bleeding and he keep scratching the aria. I gave him a bath every day since. I cover the neck by rapping it with surgical rap after I clean it. It seems that was not helpful. I can't take him to a vet for financial reasons. Can you help? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Skin lesions can be primary or secondary lesions, they may be caused by: trauma, infections, autoimmune disease, cancer, poisons or irritants. If Muppet has only one localised lesion, it may be worth putting an Elizabethan collar around his neck to stop him from scratching himself and ensuring that the area remains clean and free from debris. If the lesion doesn’t reduce in size within five days, please take Muppet to the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coach
Yorkshire Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Redness

Medication Used

Sucralfate

Hello I have two year old yorkie and his skin is very red and the hair is gone from the area he straches he a lot can yu tell me what I can do for it to make him comfortable

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cause behind Coach’s itchy skin may be due to a few different conditions; it may be due to food or other allergy, bacterial infection, fungal infection or parasitic infection of the skin, chemical irritants or toxins. It is important to find out what may have changed in Coach’s surroundings (like you use a different fabric softener on your bed sheet) or you use a different type of food etc… A visit to your Veterinarian (I cannot prescribe any treatment without seeing Coach) will allow them to examine and prescribe something to make Coach more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mechelle
Old German Shepherd
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Fluid In Abdomen
Redness

My dog is a 9 year old over weight female and just recently she has two spots next to each other on her stomach that leak green fluid and bleed a little her stomach covers the sores because it hangs so I'm constantly cleaning them what is it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Mechelle has some infected skin ulcers. You will need to visit your Veterinarian for a confirmation of the diagnosis and a prescription of antibiotics to treat the infected ulcers, they may also recommend the use of chlorhexidine (some Veterinarian’s recommend it, some don’t) for cleaning the ulcers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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madi
ulldog
8
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

open sores bleeding

Medication Used

baytril 68 mg

Bulldog has been getting sores around the neck. In a matter of 1-2 hours they will open up and liquid blood will ooze out of it. If I put hydrogen peroxide or neosporin the would will close but she then gets the liquid builds up and she gets bumps filled. She is on batril and she does not get the sores the minute we finish the med she gets the sores 4 days later. We have had blood tests and biopsies but it come up with a bacterial infection. This is going on for a year..,any ideas..we are having another set of tests..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian hasn’t done so already, I would recommend culture and sensitivity testing of the bacteria from the lesions to determine the type of bacteria and the most suitable antibiotic to treat the infection; it seems that the enrofloxacin (Baytril) is keeping the infection suppressed, but not eliminating the infection, enrofloxacin is an excellent antibiotic but a more suitable one may be required in Madi’s case. Speak with your Veterinarian about this option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is having the same issue. The has these painful bumps at the base of her nub tail. We did steroid oral meds, topical meds, antibiotics. They keep coming back. Blood tests revealed borderline cushings disease and that's it. I'm so frustrated.

My 3 year old bulldog just started having this issue. I am so stressed. She keeps getting these purple lumps that ooze blood everywhere. The vet thought it was an abscess but now I am taking her back tomorrow cause more are showing up and they show up fast and drain fast. There's a lot of blood that comes out of them. It's only been 6 days and this is the third one that has shown up. I am beside myself worried for her

My 7-year old Brittany is experiencing the same thing with "spontaneous" open, bleeding sores that seem to come out of nowhere. He also has very swollen lymph nodes and limited mobility (muscle or joint soreness). He was diagnosed with anaplasma, but the additional systems do not fit this disease so he is currently staying overnight at the vet hospital for observation, biopsy, and treatments including antibiotics and steriods. Have to wait for the biopsy results. Anyone heard os such weird skin lesions?

My dog which is a pitbull is doing that too. Just random open sores that show up out of nowhere at first i thought maybe they were hotspots but now he has one on his back i dnt understand the vet said he had an infection and gave me antibiotics and it got better while he was takong them but as soon as we finished them he started getting them again i dont understand what is going on with him if you find out about your dog maybe it will help me i will be taking him to a new vet this week

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Bella
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Serious condition
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Our dog is a 12 year old yellow lab. We have removed 2 lumps from her, the last was 4 months ago, and another has grown in the same area. After talking to the vet and considering her age and the likelihood of it being cancer and coming back again quickly, we elected to watch her and keep her happy until her time comes, which the vet thinks 6 months to a year. That was about 2 months ago. Her attitude and habits are great, seems to be no issues except this lump has gotten about 6 inches across, and it is near her back leg on her side so her leg aggravates it when she moves. I have tried everything to keep it from getting bad: i clean it with hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection and i tried to wrap it but the location makes it difficult to keep covered. We tried a surgical suit as well to cover it but the dog just licks it through the suit. So now the outside of the tumor is leaking, bleeding, and just looks horrible. Im not sure what else we can do to keep it from causing more discomfort and leaking. Once i bandaged and then put her suit on but it seemed the lack of air made it worse. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Like i said, she seems so healthy and fine otherwise so it hurts us to see this issue. thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Medical management of an ulcerated tumour can be a difficult task, especially when the location is easily accessible to be licked and when it is near a joint and gets aggravated during walking etc… Apart from regular bathing of the ulcer and treatment with antibiotics for any secondary infection, there is little more for me to suggest; I don’t think you would want to put an Elizabethan collar (cone) on Bella to stop her biting at it or restricting her movement to prevent aggravation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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suco
Black Labrador
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching and Licking

Medication Used

None

my black lab have a tumors around his anous from several months, now some has start bleeding, we put different natural solution to try to give him some relies on itching .I took to vet and she said that because his age we can not do anything.. any suggestion? he is very active and eat a lot..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Suco has perianal gland adenomas which are common in intact male dogs. Surgical removal is treatment of choice but surgery is always at the Surgeon’s discretion depending on severity and Suco’s overall health. There are some medical management options available like cyclosporine which is suitable in some cases (but not all); this would be something to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I recently rescued a male dog he had a big injury on his ear, I already healed that he shows a lot of signs that he was seriously abused. Also when I rescued him he had a big swollen sore between his toe' s that sore popped open an looks like a large abyss has drainage looked clear now there is a scab on it. It seems to give him pain halfway thru our daily walks. Is there anything I can buy to put on it?

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Dank
American Pit Bull Terrier
Unknown
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Pain, swelling and redness hes

I recently rescued a male dog he had a big injury on his ear, I already healed that he shows a lot of signs that he was seriously abused. Also when I rescued him he had a big swollen sore between his toe' s that sore popped open an looks like a large abyss has drainage looked clear now there is a scab on it. It seems to give him pain halfway thru our daily walks. Is there anything I can buy to put on it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Good to hear people taking in a rescue dog. The lesion between Dank’s toes would be aggravated during your walks causing the scabbed over wound to open and be exposed to the outside which would sting causing discomfort; you would need to keep the lesion clean and free of debris (so no walks), you can clean with a povidone iodine solution in water. If there is an abscess, it may be worth getting antibiotics from your Veterinarian to ensure any infection is treated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roscoe
Basset Hound
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion
Hair Loss

My dog has sores on his back and is shedding at an alarming rate. He is acting normal,but I am wondering what could be wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for skin lesions and hair loss may be due to infections (bacterial or fungal), mites (usually itchy), contact irritation (chemicals) or metabolic disease. Due to the variety of different causes, it would be best to have Roscoe checked by his Veterinarian so that he may receive the correct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nana
Border Collie
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mamory Cancer, tutors and Ulcers

My Mother has a 16 year old Border Collie named Nana with Mamory Cancer. Mamas tutors have developed ulcers. She has been attempting to treat at home. What would be the best way to ease Nanas pain and help heal the Ulcers. Yes the VET knows as it was a VET who diagnosed the cancer. My Mother does not believe in just putting her down and wants to make her final days as comfortable as possible. What can be done at home to help Nana?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of ulcerated tumours the best course of action, especially in older girls like Nana, is to ensure that the ulcers stay clean and free of debris using a diluted povidone iodine solution as well as antibiotics to treat any secondary bacterial infections that may occur. If Nana is exhibiting any signs of pain, speak with your Veterinarian about suitable pain medication for her (given her age I don’t want to recommend anything for her since I haven’t examined her). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kritter
American Pit Bull Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
draining puss
Skin ulcers
Hair Loss

My dog as two 4-6 inch wounds on his back that drain puss and blood. They are really deep. Also and there's hair loss only right around the wounds. It doesn't seem to bother him unless the size is touched by something. And he acts normal not really any difrent he eats just fine. But I've been on the internet and I'm kinda freaking out cuz I don't want it to be mrsa.... What do u think it could be? They started as little bumps also and just melted growing them opened

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of skin lesions in dogs, two large wounds at four to six inches in size would be in danger of secondary infection if the initial cause wasn’t infectious. Causes may be due to infection, chemical irritants, hormonal disease or metabolic disease; I strongly recommend visiting a Veterinarian to have the wounds examined and possibly have biopsy, culture and sensitivity tests performed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jak
German Shepherd
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Open bed sores/skin ulcers

Medication Used

Meloxicam 7.5
Tramadol 50 mg.

Jak is a almost 9 yr old full blood German Shepherd. Has arthritis in his back legs, started about a year ago, and he drags them and would get sores on his paws, we thought fro dragging them. Took him to the vet and he said they are bed sores, put him on antibiotics and had us get Silver Sulfate cream to put on daily and wrap the sores. At first he had one, the vet called stage 4 and one stage 1 sore and a couple more that looked like they were in beginning stages. We have been treating them daily but he has almost all 4 sores at stage 4 and getting worse. He licks the bandages and some times tries to chew off the bandages, I guess to get at the sore and lick it; guessing they hurt. I'm not sure how long we can continue to put cream on those growing sores and bandage him up, I want to take him back to the vet and ask what else we can do....my husband is very leery of taking him back thinking the vet will keep saying there is nothing else to do and that he is probably not going to stay with us very long. This is heartbreaking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bed sores or pressure sores usually occur where there is a bony protuberance that has had prolonged contact with a hard surface due to inactivity, older dogs are generally less active. Moving Jak around so that he isn’t always on one side or laid is a specific position; the sores require antibiotics and may be the use of a different topical cream. Providing soft deep bedding will help relieve the pressure at the ulcer sites; preventing Jak from chewing by using an Elizabethan collar will help but can make some dogs restless. Another visit to your Veterinarian to check the progress and reevaluate treatment should be done, swabs for signs of infection and blood tests (recommend to check older dogs liver and kidneys) may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chiara
west highland white terrier
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

The dog stops eating, looks depressed
The dog stops eating, looks depressed,

Doctor, my diabetic westie female has been just treated for the first time - she develops abscesses on her bothe sides. Today she had her third surgery ( opening, cleaning, etc.) for the third time in 1 and a half year. Why do they develop? Is it possible the reason might be the needles ( she get her regular insulin shots twice a day, however they are put on her neck or shoulders, not on her sides. Is there any prevention? She is 13 yrs old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Abscesses from needles occur at the injection site. Abscesses on the skin usually occur due to skin trauma (by scratching or bite wounds) which subsequently get infected leading to abscess formation. It is possible that they are sebaceous cysts which can have a similar internal consistency to abscesses especially if they become infected (looks like cottage cheese), check the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/sebaceous-cysts

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homer
Standard Poodle
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

previous cancer history
small indented wound rear largest pad

We have 11 y old poodle standard. He had IMHA when 1.5 years old so prednisone and aznathiaprine etc etc for 6 months after initial transfusion. This was registered as reaction to two stage rabies injection. Up until 8 years ok, but on 8 he had lumpshere and there but one lump grew fast on his rear leg. we waited until it was bigger, but it was so big quickly byt the time we operated the skin could not cover the wound left so a long period of keeping clean and slow slow recovery. 12 months later and it returned nearly same area, we got this one earlier and it was gone. margins were also removed etc. but..on tests it was discovered they could not surely identify. a year later returned nearly same area. each time poor pooch recovering more slowly, the stress has become too much and now it has regrown nearly same area again, just the one lump each time. we know his days are numbered but now we have a slight small round indented wound on his pad same leg. he walks ok but just noticed a few days ago keeping clean with sterilised things. but now it is heated and slight swelling. he is happy nearly 12 and we are now uninsurable they did not pay the last operation we cannot afford to pay for another and do not want him to suffer another operation he has been through enough. we have made appointment at vets, but for your two pennies worth it would be appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many types of tumour which may be affecting the area, but speed of growth may indicate a mast cell tumour. Surgery is the best option, but I understand your limited options due to being uninsurable. The type of tumour would have a bearing on prognosis and the type of medical management options available. Steroid therapy and antihistamines may help in some types of cancer, but your Veterinarian would be able to advise you better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We took him to the vet after five days as the area remained the same. We tried antibiotics which seemed to work until the day after the last dose, then another deep and larger wound, or abscess appeared near the small one we were worried about. Both were now pussy and periodically bloody. we were cleaning with a neutral soap suspended in warm water after walking and using old socks to protect the area from dirt. We then returned to the vets after a week as it was holidays. This time the vet said after a long examination that there is a possibility it could be a yeast infection, which funnily enough i was just thinking it was last thing, but the most hopeful thing it could be. So, we are treating with daktarin cream for humans and also as an aside have stopped his dried treats, treats that we had only started him on a month ago, as we suspected the treats were to blame as he had also started bothering his tummy and made it red from licking. so, the cream is now two days on so it is too early to tell, but no more break outs as yet, and he does seem a little happier. The cancer continues to re grow, further up the leg, but right now, it would seem, as a hope, that the two are unrelated for the time being, it might just be that the cancer is making matters worse for the other instead of it being the same thing.Sorry this is so long. I should mention he is on a sensitive chicken and rice food wet, as about 7 years ago he got tick fever and since that time has been unable to digest cow or grain, dried or wet without extreme stomach pain, this includes all dairy and even walking in a wheat field brings swelling between the paws rapidly. And thank you so much for your contact and reply, it is appreciated very much by us both here in the UK

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Quincy
English Springer Spaniel
21 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

skin ulcer

Our Eng Springer has suffered from bloody skin ulcers all over his neck, back and muzzle for 9 mos. We have exhausted everything that two vets have suggested. He has been tested for food intolerences (9 food sensitivities - now feed raw), skin scrapings (nothing), blood tests. antibiotics, claritin, and apoquiel (this works not but long term solution). Nothing is working - so advice? New vet, holistic vet? I am in $3700 (vets, meds and tests) so far.... Stools fine, no ear infections. None of his siblings/parents have this issue (we are close to breeder and 5 of his litters mates are show dogs)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I will assume that the two previous Veterinarian would have covered all the usual suspects covering allergy, infections, parasites, autoimmune and hormonal conditions. It may be a case of thinking outside of the box; in TCVM there is a specific section purely on food therapy and its relation to overall health. I really don’t know what to suggest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
Golden Retriever
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ulcerated skin infections

Medication Used

simplicef

Our Golden Retriever Zeus was treated for a skin ulcer during his annual examination and has completed the antibiotics prescribed 1 week ago. The area no longer shows signs of infection, but it is slow to heal. The ulcer is the size of a quarter with swelling of the exposed skin and still has some blood in the area. We are washing the area with an anti-bacterial soap and also applying an ointment for protection. The location does not allow him to scratch or lick it which is good. Will this take a long period to heal or should he go back to the vet again for a follow-up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Healing of wounds, ulcers other injuries take longer in older dogs; if you are seeing progress in healing then there may be nothing to worry about as some ulcers may take a few weeks to heal. Ulcers aren’t like cuts which can heal quickly as there are two opposing sides close to each other, so ulcers have to heal the long way; as long as the ulcer is improving, everything should be fine. If you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian for another look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tazzie
German Shepherd
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pus and odor
Bleeding from ear
Bleeding through nose
Skin ulcers

My dog Tazzie has ulcers under and behind her ears and one lower on her neck. They're oozing pus and bleeding. A few blood clots ranging in size have passed. One was the size of a fifty cent piece. We have them bandaged and have been keeping them drain and cleaned the best we can.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You would need to take Tazzie to her Veterinarian to get some antibiotics as an infection will impede the healing; also, the underlying cause of the ulceration needs to be established. Bandaging my not be the best as bandages don’t allow the wounds to breathe and drain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Poodles
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rash
Itching
Skin Lesion

Our 17 year old mini-poodle has developed recurring skin sores that itch, weep and crust over. I completely shaved her back tonight and was shocked at how many were hidden under her fur. She has a rash with at least 10 open sores. I have had her on two runs of antibiotics and each time the sores healed, but they don't seem to heal without the anti-biotic. I asked Vet for another prescription, but he wants to see her again before prescribing even though I had good results prior. She has other health issues due to age such as blindness, hearing loss, many teeth extractions and arthritis and sleeps most of the day. She still has a good appetite, but I am at a loss and am thinking it may be best to send her over the rainbow bridge. Thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Legally, your Veterinarian needs to examine Princess before prescribing antibiotics as Veterinarian are unable to give medications to patients without examining them first, regardless of whether or not this is a repeat event. If Princess normally responds well to treatment, it may be worth doing another course of treatment and keeping her hair short as well as regular bathing. Without examining Princess, I cannot give much advice on euthanasia (can only speak generally); but if there is a reduction in the quality of life, an increase in pain or a lower standard of welfare, euthanasia should be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barclay
German Sheppard mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody open wound hurts and is uncomfortable

My dog Barkley has a wound on his back that could be a cyst or possibly in ulcer he keeps trying to lick the infected area which is clumping together with blood and hardening and it seems to be getting worse he cannot get comfortable he keeps trying to get up can't sit down or lay down for long periods of time. We have put a warm compress with hydrogen peroxide on it to try to clean it is there anything else we can do to make him more comfortable or make this go away faster?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hydrogen peroxide may cause a delay in healing as it damages the exposed blood vessels leading to a prolonged recovery time; clip the hair around the cyst/ulcer and clean with dilute chlorhexidine, afterwards apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) to the area and prevent Barclay from licking the area (a cone may prove useful). If there is no improvement, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a check and a course of antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you it started with a little bump on his back and went to the bloody infection. I put peroxide on it last night But it isn't madded hair or anything just a open wound

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Jake
Siberian Husky
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Chews it frantically
Swollen Forepaw
Raised lesions growing around it.

A few weeks ago, one of my 6 Siberian Huskies developed a strange lesion on his right forepaw, began chewing on it, and I tried bandaging, but he just tore them off. I took him to a couple of vets, and neither have any idea what it is. one of them actually recommended amputation of the forepaw (without knowing what it is??) Anyway, I do not know what to do and it is getting worse. I can actually insert my pinky finger into the hole, up to the knuckle. This causes him no pain, but as you can imagine, it is quite large, and growing. Jake is a 10 yr old neutered male Sibe, and lives with 5 other Sibes, none of which have developed anything like this. We live in the Southwestern Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, where Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) is rampant, but I have never seen anything like this and apparently neither have the local vets. VF is a fungus that typically stays in the lungs in dogs, but I have heard it can spread and cause strange things, but I would think the vets would know this. I don't know if you folks do this, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and Jake's photo packet can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwTY-NJq2wdxaF9RSjcwTkkyQ28/view?usp=sharing . This is a safe, secure cloud server. I have been soaking it daily in epsom salts, but that seems to have had little effect, as did the cephalexin prescribed by one of the vets, which is now gone. Your opinion and recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We do not have a feature on our website for photos as many times when people take photos the camera angle, resolution, lighting etc... can result in a poor image for making a diagnosis; but the images you’ve taken of Jake’s lesion are clear and interesting. Valley Fever is a bad problem around your area, but usually affects the respiratory tract with some disseminated cases causing skin ulceration but nothing like the photos you’ve provided. I do not know the cause, however I am suspecting a soft tissue sarcoma (although that doesn’t explain the hole); I would recommend a biopsy to be taken and sent for histopathology to examine the cell types and structures present to see if a diagnosis can be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nallah
German Sheppard mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scooting his hind end along the ground
licking

I have a Shepard mix who recently started licking her anus a lot, I noticed yesterday a swollen area that looked to have puss in it near her anus and I began doing hot compresses. We then discovered a hole in the skin right near her anus, I am continuing to do hot compresses and cleaning the hole with beta dine using a Q Tip. The hole is large enough for the Q Tip end to go inside the hole. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Perianal fistula is a condition which German Shepherds over the age of seven seem to be predisposed to; the first sign is a oozing hole in the area surrounding the anus and will grow in size. I strongly recommend to visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to take a look, confirm the diagnosis and commence treatment; treatment may be both medical and surgical depending on your Veterinarian’s examination. The ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) link below has some pictures of some of these fistulas. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/perianal-fistula
www.acvs.org/small-animal/perianal-fistulas

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Skin Ulcers in Dogs Treatment Experiences

Bulldog
3 Years

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Redness
Foot Infections

dog was bit by a bee and it started swelling... we took her inside and gave her a blab of Benadryl but it didn't help. The bite ended up oozing so we took her to the vet... the vet gave her some steroids and covered the wound so she could not bite at it.. it cost us $320 but she's healthy so it's worth it.

Pomeranian
1 Year

Has Symptoms

Itching
Redness
Hair Loss

Our families Pomeranian was found to be ridiculously allergic to her food, we only caught this after she started losing her hair and developing nasty-looking boils on her body. The vet recommended a dermatologist and he ran a skin test that came back that it was diet associated. Anyhow, we ended up changing her diet and started bathing her weekly to aide in the healing process. All better!

Poodle
7 Years

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion
Pain

My mom’s dog had a sore on his face that just got worse and would not heal. She put peroxide and Neosporin on it but it would not go away. She took him to the vet after about a week and he said it was an ulcer and that she was actually doig a good thing with the Neosporin but not to use the peroxide because the sore needed to be kept moist to heal. He put a special kind of bandaid on it that she has to change every week and said he would be fine. Never found out what caused the ulcer.

German Shepherd
3 Years

Has Symptoms

Foot Infections
Hair Loss

My dog Bravo loves to roll around in the dirt and grass in the back yard. Recently I noticed he hasn’t been quite himself lately. He’s usually energetic, but seems like he has low energy. I thought he might be depressed or something. One day I was petting him and noticed a patch of hair was missing on his lower back, close to his tail. I looked at it further and found an open sore that was oozing liquid. I cleaned the area and put a bandage. After a few days of doing this I realized the sore wasn’t getting any better so I contacted the veterinarian. I took my dog to the vet and after an exam, the veterinarian told me Bravo had a skin ulcer that was infected. The doctor prescribed medication to fight the infection and gave me instruction on how to keep the wound clean. I asked the vet how can I prevent this from happening again and he told me to bathe Bravo on a regular basis and inspect his skin a few times a week for skin ulcers. The vet mentioned I should avoid allowing Bravo to roll around in the dirt, but that is easier said than done.

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