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hi my dog is an American bulldog well I take him out every

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hi my dog is an American bulldog well I take him out every day in all weathers he is very social and likes to wrestle any way hes got on his chest what looks like aspot but it looks like it is getting bigger and wont scab over any ideas and help would be gratefull .thankyou
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

So sorry to hear Buster has this spot on his chest!

Dr. Altman :

If it is an area he can reach to lick then he has to wear a cone to stop the behavior because the oral bacteria will definitely cause an infection where there might not be one

Dr. Altman :

You can use an oatmeal-based dog shampoo for ten minutes twice daily initially over the area to reduce any debris and infection then taper as it improves

Dr. Altman :

I do not tend to use ointments or salves, it tends to lock in moisture and not allow the wound to drain and dry out

Dr. Altman :

If itching you can use 1 mg/ pound benadryl every 8-12 hours to help reduce itching. This might initially cause mild sedation

Dr. Altman :

If you can photograph the area with a ruler once daily to monitor for improvement that would be great as well

Dr. Altman :

But if there is no improvement or it is progressively getting bigger then it is time to have your veterinarian evaluate the spot to ensure there is nothing that requires therapy such as a prescription shampoo, antibiotics or antifungals to resolve the lesion

Dr. Altman :

So, keeping the lesion clean and dry with bathing and preventing licking and if there is no change then it is time to have your vet evaluate the area to ensure further therapy is not needed

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Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions I can assist with today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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