Q. Dogs wound needs reopened fluid filled getting larger. Was healed but filled up and the opening is sealed. It needs reopened and drained. How?

A. Sometimes you can get wounds that have sealed over to re-open by placing a wet/warm compress over them for 5 - 10 minutes. Soak a towel, squeeze it out, the place it in the microwave for 2 minutes or so until it's warm but not hot. Hold it on the lesion. This may be somewhat effective, however Dr. Ladd's answer below is correct, wounds that seal over yet have infection present are very difficult to resolve without antibiotics.

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A. It is best to take him in to see a veterinarian. This could be an abscess or a fluid filled cyst. If an abscess, your dog will heal better, and quicker with oral antibiotics in addition to draining and cleaning.

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