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Sasha got into a fight with Macy last week. I am so mad the Vet refused to stitch it. Today the scab peeled of and now she has the large gash on her face. Any suggestions on the best ointment to prevent scarring?

I am not sure how to insert a photo on here to show the wound.
 

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I think your best hope is that the fur grows back. There are scar reducing creams out there for people, but I've not found that they work (have a facial scar and the ointment did nothing to help). Maybe others have had success...
 

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http://s1130.photobucket.com/albums/m527/Christine_Normand-Durham/?action=view&current=sasha-1.jpg
 

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well sheesh not sure why the place makes it so hard to upload a photo lol
 

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To upload your pic from photobucket, click on the yellow box with the mountain on it in the reply box and put the direct link in the pop up.
 

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vitamin E. Puncture the capsule and squeeze out the liquid and put on wound. Try to keep it 'moist' with the vitamin E until it has healed. Vitamin E is actually sticky.
 

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LOL Thanks

I thought thats what I did

Doesn't it look awful?
 

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I have liquid Vitamin E oil, would that work? I've been putting Antibiotic ointment on it. She looks awful
 

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Two things: Aloe vera + calendula cream.

Rafi had a run-in with a porcupine and ended up having to have emergency surgery to remove quills that were under his skin. He had several huge scars from the surgery. I applied the above twice a day, putting on the aloe vera and allowing it to dry and then applying the calendula. He healed up very nicely. Calendula is also a natural antibiotic.

If it's still oozy then I would skip the aloe vera and just use the calendula. Once it's healed over you can use both.
 

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Where can I get calendula cream? Health food store maybe?
 

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Your dog has a full thinkness laceration and your vet refused to stitch it. Did he have a good reason for it? If he didn't have one, I would have found a vet that would stitch it.

One of my previous dogs had a cut on the inside of the ear flap and the vet didn't want to stitch it because she thought it was too small of a lac to be worth sedating the dog to do and was also worried about potential infection. I put my foot down and said he didn't need to be sedated and I wasn't about to let his ear get all puckery from a badly healed wound. She settled for injecting local lidocaine, stitching it, and sending me home with topical antibiotic creme. It healed perfectly.

It's possible your vet was thinking the same thing. Too bad it's too late to stitch now.
 

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yeah, the vet often sends me home telling me I have over reacted ( he didn't charge me for the visit either).
Sasha's dog trainer thought it didn't need stitches either.
The guys pretty much just chuckle at me, like I am a paranoid dog owner, but now I am pretty mad.
 

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You need to find a better vet. The general rule of thumb is that any lac that is full thickness, should be stitched. You don't stitch puncture wounds.
 

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You need to find a better vet. The general rule of thumb is that any lac that is full thickness, should be stitched. You don't stitch puncture wounds.
I'm supprised the vet didn't stitch it or glue it as well? Surgical super glue would close that fast but not too sure the vets reasoning so my comment is probably useless
 

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well Christmas day it actually had a flap of skin over it. I have been cleaning it and treating with antibiotics. Her whole nose was swollen and her dog trainer laughed at me when I said I had taken her to the Vet for stitches.
This morning the flap(scabbed skin) fell off leaving this wound exposed.

Did I tell you how it happened? Sasha and Meika were running in the yard, play chase , Sasha collided into Macy , my golden retriever mix.
Macy just attacked Sasha and they were in a full blown fight.
 

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vitamin E. Puncture the capsule and squeeze out the liquid and put on wound. Try to keep it 'moist' with the vitamin E until it has healed. Vitamin E is actually sticky.
This is what I would recommend.
 

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The only thing I have to add is that with dog bites on a human, docs frequently do not suture the wounds shut because dog bites are so filthy - the wounds are best left open to heal at first. I have used Vitamin E before, which helps.
 

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You can get calendula at a health food store or any really good grocery store with natural products. Vitamin E is good but calendula works much better.
 
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