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October 9th, 2005, 09:22 AM
I had our Golden Moses in to the vet, yet again! He had swelling on his head (by his ear), at first we thought he got in to the bees again. Well this time the vet took a needle and drew fluid out of the swollen area, he looked at it and said there were white blood cells in it. Moses is on Cephalex (antibiotic). The swollen area looked like it was starting to bleed through the skin, then last night it started oozing out of where the doctor had drawn fluid.... now the area that is oozing has gotten bigger. I have been putting warm compresses on the area but was wondering if there was something I could use to make sure it stays clean. I would take him to the emergency vet but he had a bad experience there last time. It is a holiday weekend here so he won't be able to see his vet until Tuesday....... Please, any ideas would be great! :sad:

October 9th, 2005, 10:08 AM
Your profile reads that you live in Ontario. If you live in Toronto, the 24 hour Emergency clinic on McMurrich (just north of Yonge and Bloor) is excellent. It is staffed with experienced, excellent veterinarians - and many of Toronto's specialists work from this facility. The experience is very different from that at the "night only" emergency clinics of old.

October 9th, 2005, 10:54 AM
Thank you Snow Dancer... but I live in Barrie. This poor dog has been through so much lately, I only hope this is the last of it!

Thanks again, Ellen

October 9th, 2005, 12:15 PM
I wish your pup well - I sure know the feeling. Too bad you aren't in Toronto -McMurrich is a lifesaver - unless of course you don't have the 24 hour window for emergency surgery - then you get to go to Guelph - lovely doctors there, but a 3 hour scary drive at midnight. But I have had to go to McMurrich and boy, what a difference from the normal emergency.

October 9th, 2005, 02:34 PM
It it's oozing, I would wipe it with a clean warm cloth (try to have it as lint free as possible). It's probably just draining out of the hole. Maybe it was an absess?

October 9th, 2005, 03:22 PM
Well I phoned the emergency vet, I wasn't sure if they would give me any guidance on the phone without me going in. They were nice enough to give me some info. They told me to try to get as much of the oozing liquid out and to flush it out with sterile water. They also told me not to cover it, to let it air. The oozing has slowed down alot which is good. Thank you for being here to put up with my questions.... I guess I worry too much, but I love my dogs as if they were my kids!
:) Thanks again, Ellen