Posted by Elizabeth (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 06/08/2010
[NAY] I have an 8 1/2 year old alapah bull dog/terrier mix. Every year for the past 5 years he's devloped itchy open sores that become infected quickly. Durring this past week he went from not unusually itchy to having the worst open sore yet. This happened upon our return from Southern Oregon where it is terribly flea and tick infested, I checked him over for ticks several times finding none, and bathed him before coming home.
I discovered the sore the day after I got home when I had seen a small amout of blood and poured some 3% peroxide over it. I realized It was larger and he protested like crazy. I shaved the wound and around it, 7 days ago, he has not withstood even washing it with plain water (either cool or luke warm). He will not let me cut the hair back anymore at all. He has only barely tolerated (due to intoxication from marijuana oil in his food today) a pack made of a piece of clean linen with dried goldenseal sprinkled sprinked (maybe 1/8 teaspoon) topped off with 1/4 to 1/2 cups of raw russet grated potatoe. It looks a little better, but even intoxicated he won't stand for it to be placed more than 1/4 of wound at any time or in one setting.
I have tried plain water rinsing, a cool calendula tea rinse,thick cool oatmeal tea rinse, neosporin, and silversulfadiazine. But he just goes nuts and finds a way to rub off what ever I applied, or he has bulldozed his way out of the bath tub (he has never done this before) He has always had a high pain tolerance. And has never not let me do what ever I want to him, (except once after a fight where he got tore up quiet severely). But everything I have tried he acts like I am applying a flesh eating acid or something to the like to his sore.
It is now about 3 1/2 inches in diamiter, and seems to be growing maybe a quarter to a half in a day, with or with out him scratching at. It smells. It drains puss and blood almost continually,It's location is on the back of his neck over the left shoulder.The location prevents me from putting any kind of collar to allow me to cover his back toe nail to prevent him from scrating it any more.
I mostly feed him a homemade food comprising of approxametly 30% muscle meat,30% grain (usually oats, sometimes rice), 20% dark green or orange vegables,10% organ meat, 5% bran, 5% onoins, galic, cayenne pepper, or things like that. That in combitation with some of what ever I eat. He also suppliments his diet with what ever dry food my brother's dog is being feed at the time, when, for instance, I get ill (was outsleeping with flu for 4 days this week)
Please What can I do to give him some kind of relief now, and help him heal long term? What other information can I offer to help you help me help him. Thank You