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Bella was hit by a car the 18th.  She had surgery which amputated her back right leg.  We brought her home and have had no issues.  There was no draining so we were told within 5 days we could take her cone off.  So we did.  (Hard to cuddle with it on).  There were several places where she had road rashes but the one on her left leg she licked from a dime size to larger than a quarter.  It was like the skin just pulled completely away.  We put the cone back on right away and it has been another 6 days and it still isn’t healing.  What can we put on it so she will leave it alone.  I would attach a picture but can’t get it to load.  But it is not oozy just raw looking.  


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Sorry to hear about sweet Bella’s accident,

Yeah, those comes are a pain jn the vutt.  As you can see though, a necessary evil.  My suggestion would be to have the Vet take a look at it.  Has he already been on antibiotics  since the surgery anyway?  If not, he needs to be.  Not just for rhis, but to keep any infection at bay from the incisions. 

You can ask rhe Bet to maybe do a culture just to make sure uou have rhe specific antibiotic to help it heal.  I do think a Vet needs to take a look at it and come up with a treatment plan.

How is Bella doing overall? Eating, drinking, pooping, peeing? Is she still on pain meds?  Her mobility  doing okay?

Gove her a good tummy rub for us!


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I would definitely let your vet know about this. Sometimes licking is a sign that there is something else going on underneath the skin, like a suture reaction. And especially because Bella has more to deal with than the usual amputee, it’s important to stay in touch with your vet. Putting a topical on it without their guidance may make the area worse, so definitely have a check-in with them. Let us know what they say.

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If I read that correctly it is the other leg that was amputated, not the one she is licking? If it was due to the accident and road rash areas, there may be something under the scab that is irritating her. Due to already having had surgery and that healing too I totally agree with having the doc look at it. No doubt they will probably prescribe antibiotics to make sure she is healing properly. 

It sounds like she is about 2 weeks into recovery, is she doing ok otherwise? Eating, drinking, eliminating? 

Hopefully this is something simple that can be taken care of easily. Please let us know how you make out!

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