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Cliff (border collie) tore his fur off his right "forearm" while running through the woods. I've never seen anything like it and would like input. The wound isn't a cut. It is not bleeding. It is a bare spot 1/4" wide and 4" long. It looks like the top layer of skin was cleanly peeled off with the fur but the lower layer of skin is intact. I put antibiotic on it. Anyone seen anything like it?

I didn't take Cliff to the vet because it didn't look like it could be closed by stitching. Just the surface was removed and he wasn't bleeding.

Wendy
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wendy, the only time I've seen this is when a scared rabbit went under my chain link fence to escape and tore some skin off. Rabbits are fragile emotionally and died pretty quick from shock.

Cliff is a lucky dog.....I would be more inclined to go to vet for proper cleaning and an antibiotic shot for safety.

good luck with your crazy BC :)

LD
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I read over your post again and see that it didn't bleed at all but it is a fairly large area....I know it's expensive but I'd still take it or at least call and ask them about it.

LD

p.s. I miss old poster from yrs. back, a vet named Drrrckdvm...he was a good guy to me helping me with my chemo dog and auto immune disease. not saying he wasn't quirky though...we all are I think. :)
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It sounds like what you're describing is as if someone shaved off the area - but not just the fur but also the top layer of skin (I'm assuming the skin exposed is pinkish).

Since it's not fully opened, I doubt there's a high risk of infection. The one reason I could see showing it to a vet is to see if they've seen something like this before and if so what could have caused it - so you know what to look out for in the woods.
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I miss old poster from yrs. back, a vet named Drrrckdvm...

Dr. Rick died some years ago. The link to his obit was listed on this site at the time. I liked him too. His love for animals was always apparent.
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