Q. My basset has fleas and a scab has grown so bad that it came off and took off a chunk of her tissue with it so now we can see inside. What do I do?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. You will need to treat the fleas but will likely also need antiinflammatories prescribed by your vet to break the itch-scratch cycle and allow the skin to repair. An oral flea medication will allow you to also use a medicated shampoo in order to bathe the skin wounds without affecting the efficacy of the medication. Until you can arrange an appointment you can bathe the wounds and scabs with saline or chlorhexidine and apply medical or manuka honey to promote healing on the open sores