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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog has been diagnosed with Infectious Arthritis after being

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My dog has been diagnosed with Infectious Arthritis after being treated for a small cut on her ankle joint, she has been on antibiotics for 3 weeks, and still has a slight limp. Can joint damage be caused in such a short space of time?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you tell me, please, if the infectious agent were clarified by culture of joint fluid? The length of time for treatment of septic arthritis will be predicated upon which agent is present. In general, 4 weeks of therapy is the standard of care.
I'm puzzled, however, how a small cut on her ankle joint translates into "infectious arthritis". Did the cut penetrate into a joint?