Category: Special Dog, Cat, and Pet Medical Conditions
Warning Signs of Canine Decubital Ulcers
Ducubital ulcers in pets appear in the beginning as a discoloration in the skin. Obviously, it’s difficult to tell skin color in a dog with a full coat, however, as the ulcer progresses, the fur in the area will begin to become matted and fall out. The skin will feel warmer in this area as well.
Ducubital ulcers often become infected. Although uncommon, grossly infected pressure sores can lead to acute decubital sepsis, necrotizing fasciitis, gangrene or unnoticed osteomyelitis (bone infection). Symptoms to watch for include: warm, red skin, pain and swelling around the area, thick yellow or green pus, mental confusion or difficulty concentrating, rapid heartbeat, weakness, and a bad smell from the sore. An elevated temperature and chills can also be present, but isn’t always, especially in elderly pets.