Open sores with oozing pus can be evidence of suffering from skin ulcers. These may indicate injury, infection, or disease that need to be examined by a vet. At times these aren’t serious as they may heal within a few weeks if kept sanitized.
Skin ulcers in dogs can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from bug bites to cancer.
Skin ulcers are evident once you notice a lesion leaking. These may occur anywhere on their body. They may also occur alongside hair loss, inflammation, or even redness around the wound. The symptoms may vary with the cause of the problem. Lethargy, loss of appetite, discomfort, pain, and depression are also symptoms that may occur alongside.
Ulcers are caused when these lesions penetrate the layers of the skin and damage the topmost layer. These may occur due to a variety of reasons like:
- Parasite disorder
- Metabolic disorders
Some breeds may be more susceptible to certain issues due to their genetic makeup, age, environment or other characteristics.
Diagnosing the Problem
If you notice lesions on your dog skin, consult a vet for a thorough examination. It would also help if you can recount their medical history or if you noticed any behavior that was out of the ordinary.
The vet may run a few sample blood tests to identify any infections or may even perform a biopsy. Depending on the findings of the tests, ultrasounds, X rays may also help in understanding the nature and the seriousness of the condition.
It is important to stay alert and monitor your dog’s behavior during this process. Even if they don’t exhibit unusual signs at first, they may develop later on. It is best to alert the veterinarian if you notice any such drastic changes.
All dogs are unique and have different needs. Most lesions are not serious and can be easily treated at home with proper care. However, if accompanied by other problems, immediate hospitalization may also be required.
The damaged skin should be kept sanitized and free of any pressure. Ensure that the wound is kept moist as it will help in easier blood flow and may accelerate the healing process. Consult your doctor before administering medication or any dressings. You can also research hydroactive wound dressings which help in keeping the mold sore.
The doctor is most likely to prescribe a medication to fight the infection for fungal or bacterial issues. Wounds due to cancer or burns require observation and special attention.
The treatment may go on for several weeks as the wound gradually heals and the skin develops. Paying attention to your dog’s behavior during this time will be beneficial.
At times dogs recover within the span of a few weeks, sometimes they may take months, depending upon their overall health. You must prevent your dog from licking or biting the wounds as this may make the condition worse. Swimming should also be strictly avoided as it may lead to serious infections. Accumulation of dead tissues can further weaken the healing process, thus it is necessary to clean the wound frequently.
Follow up with your doctor for regular check-ups to stay updated on your pet’s health conditions. This will not only help you understand their health but also identify any new problems that may emerge. Ulcers can easily heal within a few weeks but the duration of the overall treatment may vary according to the conditions that accompany them.
We love our dogs and we want to take the best care of them. Being observant of their behavior will help you understand them better and take the appropriate steps for their well being.