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My dog slipped his cone ans has licked his wound open on his

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Hello my dog slipped his cone ans has licked his wound open on his left from a surgery a month ago what should I do?
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. How much did the dog lick? Do you know his weight?
Customer: It seems like about 1cm has opened he's 32kg
JA: Has he thrown up since this happened?
Customer: No he's been gagging a little though
JA: What's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Charlie and 7
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Charlie?
Customer: He's on parvale for pain and clomicalm for anxiety issues
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern for Charlie.When did this happen?Is the wound oozing or bleeding?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
This happened about 10 minutes ago, it looks like some liquid is coming out but I canr tell if iys just the open wound
Would a photo be possible please?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
File attached (LPQ4754)
Thank you, ***** ***** downloading the photo now.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Okay thank you:)
I can see a small open wound, likely where the knot from the suture material is (or was).This area often irritates dogs and can break open if infected, even without the dog licking the area.For now, prevent further licking with the cone and bathe the lesion in salt water.Assuming he's no longer on medicine, he should see his vet tomorrow who can issue some antibiotic and anti inflammatories.The lesion may heal of its own accord, or may need 1 stitch, staple or some glue.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Okay thank you, ***** ***** cover the wound?
No, it is best to let it ventilate to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thank you so much is there anything else I should do?
I don't believe so.This window stays open so you can keep me updated and ask any further questions you may have.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thank yoi for your help:)
Sure!
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