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Old 10-20-2016, 09:59 PM
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My dog's wound smells and looks horrible.

My Chihuahua, Mia, was attacked horribly by my bigger dog on Saturday. They gave her stitches and everything seemed to be going well until tonight, when I noticed that a big part of her stitches have dissolved. There is now a big opening near her neck. The wound is oozing brown stuff and the smell is rotten. I'm so worried that this is wet gangrene. I had been giving her antibiotics prescribed by the vet, but they don't seem to be working. She has been licking and scratching her wounds a lot while we were at work. Tonight, I put her in a small dog sweater to prevent more scratching. I called the best rated vet within a 20 miles radius, and they said she will be fine till morning. I am taking her to the vet before 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. It is now 10:00 p.m. here. I would take her to the emergency clinic, but many people have told me not to trust anyone who works there because the doctor recently lost his license in another state. Plus, they are extremely expensive.

Do you think my dog will be ok till morning? Could this just be an infection and not gangrene? If it is gangrene, will she be ok, even though it's near the neck? I know they'll have to cut tissue out.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:01 PM
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I'm so sorry that it isn't going better for your girl!

Only a qualified vet can answer your question and without even seeing a pic of her would I would not be able to guess what it may be. If it's gangrene then she needs the vet NOW, with that time is very important and an hour can make all the difference in the world, it progresses that quick. If it's getting infected then being seen now would be better, but I think you can get away with waiting till morning. Keep an eye on it and if you see it getting noticeably worse in the next hour or so then get her to the vet. FWIW, I do think she'll likely be O.K. till morning, but I'm just some random person on the internet and like I said I have no idea what the wound looks like so you likely know best.

Keeping her from getting at the wound is very important, her messing with it is making it worse, trust me on that one I had a dog that was an expert at taking a simple wound and turning it into an infected mess. Ask the vet about the cone of shame, aka elizabethan collar.

You and your girl are in my prayers
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:32 AM
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ag no! so sorry you and your girl are going through this. Please keep us updated. How is she doing this morning?
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I took her to the vet this morning. I was the first person in line. The main doctor came in and told me that even if it is gangrene, she will be ok. They said some antibiotics don't always work with certain dogs; it just depends. I wasn't able to see the wound because it was covered with a bandage and a sweater. Thankfully, she didn't bother her wound at all last night. I think the sweater helped.

When I brought her in, the doctor didn't seem too worried. I don't know if he's just trained that way, or if I don't have anything to worry about. She smells horrible. I'm certain that there has to be dead tissue. That smell is like roadkill. I'm so worried. I'm going to call and check on her in about an hour or 2.

The good news is, she's able to turn her head a good bit without signs of discomfort. She also has an appetite and is staying hydrated.

I'll keep you all updated!
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Read this last night, didn't know what to say... Please do post updates, wishing the best for your pup.
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Old 10-21-2016, 11:25 AM
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I called the vet and they said she will need to be re-stitched. The woman on the phone said it's not gangrene, but I don't know if she's 100% sure because she's just going by what the vet told her to say. Do vets usually give phone calls if it's more serious? I can't help but wonder if they're keeping something from me and waiting till I come get her. :/
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:09 PM
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If anything other then just routine stuff is going on with Samantha, our Vet, or someone from his office always calls to see how she is doing, if she is home, if she is at the Vets, they will or should call to keep you current on her condition and the plan for treatment. If they are going to re-stitch, that at least means there is non-infected tissue present to stitch. As long as your girl is eating and drinking, she is probably doing ok, but if she stops, get her to the vet immediately.
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Asking if it's gangrene seems specific. I would probably ask if it's infected. And if so, how did it get infected, especially if medicine was prescribed, and how do you stop it from happening again. Also sounds like you may need to come up with a way to stop her from bothering with it, sounds like the sweater may be a great option if a cone is going to bother it.

Good luck, sounds like a very scary situation to be in. I hope she is ok!
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:00 PM
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If anything other then just routine stuff is going on with Samantha, our Vet, or someone from his office always calls to see how she is doing, if she is home, if she is at the Vets, they will or should call to keep you current on her condition and the plan for treatment. If they are going to re-stitch, that at least means there is non-infected tissue present to stitch. As long as your girl is eating and drinking, she is probably doing ok, but if she stops, get her to the vet immediately.
Thank you so much for your reassuring response! I just made a sigh of relief. I am on hold with the vet right now. I'm so nervous!

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Asking if it's gangrene seems specific. I would probably ask if it's infected. And if so, how did it get infected, especially if medicine was prescribed, and how do you stop it from happening again. Also sounds like you may need to come up with a way to stop her from bothering with it, sounds like the sweater may be a great option if a cone is going to bother it.

Good luck, sounds like a very scary situation to be in. I hope she is ok!
Sorry for being so specific. I got carried away with worry. I tend to do that, especially with something like this. I'm almost certain it got infected because she was licking and scratching it. The sweater worked well, so I may wash it, and put it back on her. Thanks for the response!
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:10 PM
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UPDATE: They had to removed an extensive amount of tissue and skin. There was necrotic tissue. What I don't understand is how she became necrotic even if she were on antibiotics? Should I be upset with the first vet she went to?
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