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Hot Spots

Summertime is upon us, and with these warm and humid temperatures, we tend to see an increase in Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, more commonly known as hot spots.

Hot spots can affect both cats and dogs, but generally, we see them on dogs with more dense undercoats.

A hot spot starts when your pet licks or scratches an area obsessively. The reason for the licking/biting/scratching can vary, flea/insect bites, allergic reactions, wounds/scrapes, matted hair and excessive moisture are some examples. The area becomes irritated and moist and becomes a breeding ground for infection. Pus can be present and cause a sticky matted mess on the area. If you notice a hot spot developing on your pet, the best course of action is to get them into your veterinarian quickly to get treatment. The earlier a spot is caught, the less chance it has in becoming a bigger problem.

Once your pet has been examined and is diagnosed with Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, treatment is started immediately in-clinic. This usually involves shaving the area and cleaning it well with antibacterial soap. This will help the veterinarian determine how large the area affected is. It also helps to allow topical treatment to be applied, as well as allowing air to get to the skin, which aids in the healing process. Topical treatment is usually prescribed and is sometimes accompanied by oral or injectable medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory/pain medications and corticosteroids. Depending on the location of the spot, you may need to get an e-collar or look into other ways to keep your pet from getting at the site. Talk to your veterinary team about how to prevent your dog from getting at the area, they should have some good tips/creative ideas for you.

Written by Jakki Papp, Clinic Manager

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic