Puppy Skin Vaccine Lesion

by Deb

My staffi pup is one of the few puppies to contract Parvo virus post vaccination...she now has large dense area on shoulders of approx 6cm x 4cm approx 1cm thick which has area of ulceration possibly from reaction to sub cutaneous meds...whilst acutely unwell.

What is best treatment for this?? I think area has little blood supply therefore ulceration??? What do you think??

Vet Suggestion Regarding a Puppy Vaccine Skin Lesion


It is possible that the lesion that you describe formed in reaction to something that was injected into this area. The first thing you should do, if you haven’t already, is to tell your veterinarian what you are seeing.

He or she needs to know about this so a potential adverse reaction to drugs, fluids, etc. can be reported to the appropriate regulatory agencies. Your vet is also in the best position to make a treatment recommendation after seeing your pup.

That said, some warm compresses (e.g., a washcloth soaked in warm water) applied to the area three times a day would certainly not do any harm. This encourages blood flow into the affected tissues, which will increase your dog’s ability to heal.

Your dog might also need some oral antibiotics, particularly if there are any open areas in the skin. Her immune system has not he fully recovered from the parvovirus infection, so she is at increased risk for secondary bacterial infections.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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