Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona
Joys of an Elderly Dog
So my baby boy is 16 years old. I've had him for all 16 of those years. He's been showing his age since he was 12, but now he's finally getting to the super old age range.
He recently developed a pressure sore on his right hind leg which is healing up slowly, but nicely. Today I Found another on his left foot which is a lot smaller. I immediately cleaned it off (He's got some short legs so he can't quite step over his pee puddles unfortunately) and started a treatment of some Animax ointment like I did on the other pressure sore. I'm thinking the urine on his foot probably started that one more than pressure so to speak.
So, I noticed another problem on his tummy while I had him on hia back so I could clean his foot off. It looks to be like some liver spot and everything I search up looks nothing like it, which is good since I'm looking up dermatitis and skin cancer.
So, has anyone ever had experience with caring for pressure sores? I know I need to keep him moving for the sake of his joints as well as his skin health and i'd love to give him another bath as soon as I can.
His coat is dense (Corgi mix so it's kinda terrible) and takes a day or two to dry completely. Would it be safe to give him a bath or might that hinder his healing?