Oh how I wish our weekend hotspot was some fabulous pet friendly location we discovered that I couldn’t wait to tell you about. But unfortunately that is not the case #bahhumdoodlebug
As I pedaled up to the walkway Friday after work, Lee was edging the front lawn and the Boys were playing on the porch. After getting some quality Doodle love from both boys I noticed this huge bloody area on the right side of Harley’s shoulder blade…
Horrified I immediately interrogated Lee and he repeatedly pleaded his innocence. He said he had no idea where, when or how this occurred. With all the dried blood surrounding the area it was extremely difficult to determine what this was.
Nothing like a little cool fresh water from the tub to help you see clearer – and after I examined the area, I knew we would be at the vet Saturday morning.
I haven’t see a hotspot in years!
In the distant past I had excellent radar when it came to catching outbreaks early. By applying a little coconut oil on the area twice daily I could stop its progression during its early stage. I had no clue when this one started, and I felt horrible for not noticing.
Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom. Source PetMD
We’ve had an enormous amount of rain for several weeks. I’m talking “go find Noah and his Ark” kind of rain. This, combined with our heat index AND insane humidity creates the pawfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Us humans have been battling their nasty stings daily, so pawhaps one bit Harley.
OUR SATURDAY –
Cheese toast, coffee then off to the vet’s office because this hotspot was really irritating him. Even after Friday nights cleaning – overnight he scratched it till it bled again.
I love all things natural, but his skin was so raw, I didn’t want infection to set in so I was seeking medical attention on this one.
The vet tech sold me the ointment and said the area would heal much faster if air had direct contact with the skin.
Shave around the lesion area allowing air and ointment to reach the skin.
Thank the Doodle for Seth at Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming!
The more I thought about what the vet tech told me, the more I knew I wasn’t “the one.” If I held the clippers, the chances of Harley looking like a shaved sheep on one side of his body increased significantly. #snipsniphere
Nope I needed professional assistance.
Seth was wonderful! He shaved around the area and I was speechless with how cooperative Harley was…
He even gave Seth kisses afterwards like he healed him or something #yesImjealous …
The ointment has been applied a few times since Saturday. The hotspot is already looking better and seems to be drying rapidly…
Not my original weekend plans, but positive results non the same.
ONE MORE THING –
Friday night I watched Harley like a hawk. I wanted to make sure he didn’t go into a scratching frenzy after I cleaned his wound. I re-read chapters of “Raw and Thriving.” I was curious – is there anything I can do differently?
If you’ve ever wanted/needed a “go-to” book on dog health for your shelf – I recommend this one.
Congratulations to Debbie Pennye – she is the winner of our giveaway…
How was your weekend? How do you deal with hotspots?
Show a dog an ounce of love and he’ll be your friend for life ❤️