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    DefaultQuestion about neosporin

    I don't have a pic, but I put a dab of neosporin (actually it was the no name brand :-\) on three little scabby things that appeared on Frankie's surgical site. Not on the stiched area of course, but because it's shaved and he lays on it, he's got a few scabs here and there. Two of the spots completely disappeared overnight. The third spot which was a bit bigger, turned very pink and the scab is almost gone. The pink part just looks weird to me because the rest of his skin is so mark darker.
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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    Clean the scabs with hydrogen peroxide first. If there is any infection beginning the peroxide will kill it. Then dab on the antibiotic ointment. (The peroxide also helps soften scabs.)

    Seamus and Flynn

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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    You think the pinker skin indicates an infection Nance????



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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    Amy - remember Max's picture?? How bright pink that was? There was no infection there - just a part that hadn't scabbed over yet.

    I wouldn't worry. Look for puffiness/swollen around the incision.

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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    Quote Originally Posted by jzgrlduff
    You think the pinker skin indicates an infection Nance????
    Don't panic. It could just be irritation. I always seem to have a scab one place or another from doggie punctures and they always get pinkish around the edge. One dose of h/p takes care of that. If the scabby area seems to be itching him, that is a good sign. It means the site is healing.

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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    No, it's not pink like Max's, Bren. You know how when a human gets a scab and it starts to shrink? How the skin around the shrinking scab is pinker than your normal color skin? THAT'S what it looks like. His incision area isn't red or swollen at all, it's healing beautifully.




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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    OK, here's the nurse in me coming out!

    Be careful about putting 'stuff' on incisions or lacerations.

    Hydrogen peroxide also kills healthy tissue, and neosporin will keep the incision moist whereas you want it to dry out.

    I would leave it entirely alone, watch for emminating heat or fever or swollen/edema and don't put anything on it that your vet hasn't explicitley told you to.

    That goes for rubbing alcohol too!

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    DefaultRe: Question about neosporin

    I'm not putting anything on the incision itself Melissa. Since the elbow area is shaved and he sometimes lays on that side, he's got some "wear & tear" in a few spots. Nowhere near the incision area.




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