Topical antibiotics for a puppy


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Our question this week was:

Two week old puppy has swollen neck noticed it was draining light yellow liquid. when mother licked at wound (spider bite no signs of scratch or open wound. puppy is eating and after mother licked area it drained almost down to no bump at all. advised to put a topical antibiotic need recommendation for one.


Deena Vidaurri


Hi – thanks for your email. Sorry to hear about your puppy. Your email said that your puppy had a bump that was draining light yellow liquid. It is hard to tell what the underlying cause was – weather it was a bite or traumatic wound. It sounds like the mother is cleaning it.

If you see signs of redness, swelling, more discharge or the puppy stops eating or is acting "sick" – I'd recommend that you take him to your local veterinarian for evaluation. He may need the wound clipped, cleaned and antibiotics. If it looks good and your vet recommended topical antibiotics – you can use the simple triple antibiotic topically. This is something you can get over-the-counter at your local pharmacy or drug store.

Best of luck,

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.