A. If the reason for the splint (fracture, I'm assuming) has properly healed - and ideally this would have been determined with an x-ray - then you can try to manage the pressure sore at home. Soaking in a warm Epsom salts bath (follow the directions on the package for diluting for soaking) for 10 minutes every 4 hours will possibly help with the swelling, and discourage infection. Keep it clean - if he'll tolerate wearing a child's sock on the foot that might help. If the sore starts smelling bad or has cloudy discharge it's infected, and you'll need antibiotics to treat that.
I would recommend that you call the vet who put the splint on to report this. If it looked good when the splint came off I would want to know (if I was his vet) that this sore had just popped up an hour later. That seems strange to me.
DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.
Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.
petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.
Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.
Your account has been reactivated.