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Q. My dog just had a spoon splint removed after 33 days on back leg.Was fine at vet.An hour later is swollen and bleeding.How do I care for pressure sore

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. If the reason for the splint (fracture, I'm assuming) has properly healed - and ideally this would have been determined with an x-ray - then you can try to manage the pressure sore at home. Soaking in a warm Epsom salts bath (follow the directions on the package for diluting for soaking) for 10 minutes every 4 hours will possibly help with the swelling, and discourage infection. Keep it clean - if he'll tolerate wearing a child's sock on the foot that might help. If the sore starts smelling bad or has cloudy discharge it's infected, and you'll need antibiotics to treat that.

I would recommend that you call the vet who put the splint on to report this. If it looked good when the splint came off I would want to know (if I was his vet) that this sore had just popped up an hour later. That seems strange to me.


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