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    Hi all, sorry for the wierd title but my Irish Setter had a lump removed on the top of her paw 2 wks before crimbo but it's still weeping. She's wearing 2 socks to keep it dry as she still tries to lick it & she's on tablets to try & help clear it up & is due back to the vets a week tues for another check up. The vet mentioned amputating her toe joint as it might be easier but she's 12 yrs old & I don't really want to put her through another op that might not heal. I've seen something online that's used for sores on animals & horses called camrose, has anyone tried it & was it any good. But I just wondered if anyone could suggest something that might help dry the sore bit up. Hope someone can help as I'm really worried as I'm thinking if it doesn't heal it might be better for her to be put to sleep & I don't say that very lightly at all. Hope someone may have an answer for me, Thanks in advance.
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    Poor little dog. As she is on Antibiotics maybe if you just bathed it in salt water regularly, the old methods are often the best and it doesn't cost to try it whilst looking for something else.
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    • #3
      Poor you and poor dog. I don't know anything about it, but I hope it starts to heal soon.

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      • #4
        so sorry to hear about your dog's foot, I agree salt water is very good. Barney (my 13.5 yerar old retriever) had an op before Christmas too and like you it is difficult when they are older, his site was bleeding slightly took him back to the surgeon and everything was okay, this was what she had expected, he has now recovered.

        Have you rung the vets and asked the question they may be a able to help, don't wait until the next appointment is due as they understand worried animal parents.

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        • #5
          Honey! Active Manuka Honey (you will find it at Sainsburys, Tesco etc) is best but expensive. Honey has antibacterial properties, I have seen it work very successfully on people. I cant say for dogs but it cant harm.

          I googled quickly and found more info here http://www.articleclick.com/use-hone...-ailments.html

          Hope your pet gets better soon!
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          • #6
            Oh dear, I'm sorry, I really wish that there was something I could do to help. I think the suggestion of bathing it in salt water is worth a try
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            • #7
              Thanks for replies. I'll give the honey a go as it does seem to be a good idea. The salt water sounds good but her foot has to be kept dry, even when she's going in the garden at the moment she's wearing all sorts of bags on her foot. Glad your little one got better after their op Caroline.
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              • #8
                I know someone with an ancient ferret (it's lived a good number of years longer than the expected time) with a 'sore' on its face that swells and weeps every now and then. Their vet hasn't operated as the ferret is likely to die from the operation and the puss doesn't seem to hurt or bother the ferret. The puss is just cleaned away with water to keep the wound clean, so I wouldn't do anything other than bathe your dogs wound especially as its already on antibiotics. It can be a bad thing not to finish a course of antibiotics as all the bacteria needs to be dealt with. If you are really worried then you should maybe go back to the vet. It's good you stop the dog licking the paw as the mouth could be full of bacteria that could make it worse. Sometimes these things take a while to heal. I'm no dog expert, never having kept one, so can't be much more help.
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                • #9
                  I've used the Camrosa and know others that have had great success with it on sores etc. I don't think bagging the wound up will do much good as it probably needs to dry up, whereas covering it will only make it sweat.
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                  • #10
                    This forum might be able to help. http://www.champdogsforum.co.uk/
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                    • #11
                      Just a couple of links for you to look at:
                      http://www.camrosa.co.uk/
                      http://www.holisticpetsupplies.co.uk/

                      If you need any more help give me a shout and I'll try my very best!

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                      • #12
                        aaw poor thing. My GSP broke a bone in his foot while in kennels. While that was bandaged up his dew claw broke and pierced the skin and set up an infection which took quite a lot of treatment to cure. My vet used something with real silver in it direct on to the wound. I asked if he could remove the offending dew claw as it was a recurring problem but you would have thought that I'd asked to have all his teeth removed!! Happily after eight (long) weeks and a bill for £1000 both the break and the injury healed. I don't see what s wrong with the dog licking the wound as that is how animals in the wild treat themselves. Hope your dog recovers soon.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aviya Glass View Post
                          Honey! Active Manuka Honey (you will find it at Sainsburys, Tesco etc) is best but expensive. Honey has antibacterial properties, I have seen it work very successfully on people. I cant say for dogs but it cant harm.

                          I googled quickly and found more info here http://www.articleclick.com/use-hone...-ailments.html

                          Hope your pet gets better soon!

                          I was thinking honey too as it cant hurt but may heal. Only trouble is you will have to wrap it well or doggy will want to lick it even more!!!!!
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                          • #14
                            Hi

                            I am a qualified Vet nurse and my DH is a vet, you don't say what the lump removed in the first place was, did your vet send it away to find out? Has he discussed lick granuloma? Bathing in salt water is indeed a good idea, as is daily bandage free time BUT only if you can supervise and make sure your dog does not lick at the wound. You must continue to make sure that the bandage is covered in plastic bags when your dog goes outside to prevent it getting wet, as a wet bandage left against the wound will not help matters.
                            Are you changing the bandage yourself regularly or is it just changed when you see the vet? I would think about trying to bathe, pat dry (with gauze not cottonwool) and applying antibiotic type powder and then a clean dressing every day and everytime the old dressing (bandage) gets wet or dirty outside.
                            It is hard for me to give you too much advice without really knowing what we call the history, about the lump and what you have done so far to heal the wound.
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                            • #15
                              Thank you Harriet for your reply. The notes on the bill just say " remove mass ". I know he wasn't going to send it away because he said by the time the results came back if it was malignant it would probably be starting to grow again. Tha bandage came off after 10 days but she has to keep the socks on to prevent her from licking the wound, I looked up what you said, horrible examples on there, poor souls. He said it's just in a place that's difficult to heal as it's on top of the foot & needs to be checked in 2 weeks time. As I'm worried I'll give him a call & see if bathing it in salt water would be ok. I'm just worried as she's old it will mean amputation of the toe as he suggested & I'm just not sure about that at all. Thank you all once again & I'll let you know what he says tomorrow.
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