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I have a six month old Great Dane puppy who has been kennel trained and as we were taking her out of the kennel my boyfriend noticed a wound right above her left front paw, the best I can describe it is her ankle.. It is about four centimeters wide and does not look very deep. It looks as if she was cut, but we do not know what could have cut it, and there is just a small piece of skin about 1 centimeters that seems to keep the wound open. We have not noticed her limping or crying, in fact she has been doing everything that she normally does. When we noticed it I called an emergency vet clinic that told me to clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide and wrap it over night. We did so and the bleeding has significantly decreased. I have never had an incident like this with any dogs that I have owned, I wanted to find what could keep it clean and help to prevent infection and online I came across a website that said that Neosporin could be used. We have been putting some on the wound in hopes that it will heal as well as cleaning it every couple of hours. Although, for the skin that is keeping the wound open we were wondering if we would be able to put liquid stitch to close it so it may heal correctly? I am also wondering if you may know of anything else that we may use to help prevent infection?
Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing your response.

Everything you are doing is great. I would check her kennel however for a sharp piece of wire or even plastic. Plastic can cut just as badly as wire.

Liquid stitch is fine and then just wrap it lightly. Neosporin is good but it can hinder some of the healing. A bandage is better in that it keeps the area moist but not overly so.

You want the skin to create a bed of healing cells so make sure the bandages are non-stick.

Check it every other day and gently clean the area with betadine if you have it. If not, 40%-70% peroxide to water will work. More water than peroxide.

Peroxide is very irritating to the skin tissues so it must be diluted.

Keep it dryish around the area in the meantime and she should heal up just fine.  

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