Dog Grooming

Dr. Suzie Jerabek

Dog Days of Summer – Skin problems & Hot spots

By Dog Grooming, Dog Hot Spots

Summer is here at last!

At Royal York Animal Hospital that means….… dog breeds like Golden Retrievers and other thick coated dogs come in for their summer groom and trim.  Why trim a Golden Retriever?? To deter the dreaded Hot Spot of course!!

Summer Pet Tips for Dogs

Golden Retriever

A Hot Spot is an area of localized skin irritation that can appear quite superficial or it can progress deep into the skin layers. The affected skin area is initially quite itchy and uncomfortable for your pet. The affected areas appear red and wet. These areas can be the size of a dime to the size of a basketball depending on how much self mutilization has occurred. Usually hairloss is noted and the area can be very painful for your pet. Ninety Nine % of Hot Spots are due to allergies.

Hot Spot on Dogs

Localized Hot Spot

To treat a Hot Spot, the areas are shaved to stop the spreading….like a forest fire, a trench is made to stop the flames from spreading hence shaving the area larger than the wound, stops the wet skin discharge from spreading it to the surrounding areas.

Hot Spot on Dogs

Here you can see RYAH Technicians start to shave the hot spot which at first appears to be fairly localized.

Dog Hot Spots Etobicoke, Ontario

After completely shaving and treating the affected area, you can see how large this hot spot actually was. Poor Angus!

The areas are then washed or disinfected with an Iodine based liquid. Our Veterinarians may dispense a topical ointment to apply to the area twice daily as well as an accompanying oral antibiotic to dry the skin lesions. A head collar , T-shirt or light wrap may be recommended to detour the aggressive licking/scratching that may ensue.

Hot Spots on Dogs in Etobicoke, Ontario

Angus all decked out with his head collar ready to go home — and feeling a lot more comfortable and a lot less itchy !

The skin wounds take about 2 weeks to heal and hair growth is complete in 12 – 16 weeks. It is true that once your pet has had a Hot Spot they can  certainly get another one It is thought that dogs who are not completely dried after swimming or bathing may be predisposed to Hot Spots but we also get a run of dogs with the dramatic weather changes ( I. e  in May when the temperatures increase and then decrease rapidly)  and the dog hasn’t had time to climatize. Royal York Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, Ontario   At the first sign of itching/scratching or excessive licking of an area…..please contact Royal York Animal Hospital ASAP…..The sooner Hot Spot is diagnosed and treated, the sooner your pet will be comfortable again.

Happy Summer!

Dr. Suzie Jerabek

Royal York Animal Hospital 4222 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario M8X 1Y6 416-231-9293   .

Is Your Dog’s Coat Matted And Needs A Spring Pet Grooming?

By Dog Grooming, Pet Grooming

All of us at Royal York Animal Hospital are so happy that spring has finally sprung and that the snow has finally melted.  We experienced a longer, colder and snowier winter this year in Etobicoke and dogs with long or thick coats loved it.  I know one of my friend’s dog spent a lot of time digging and rolling in the snow only to become a giant, tangled snowball herself!

Lily and I are certainly seeing more matts and tangles left over from the winter and now it is spring the rain and the mud are adding to the mess and the smell.  We also see many skin conditions crop up or worsen when your dog’s coat is really matted. It is important to remember that if you just bathe your dog you will make all the matts and tangles worse and more uncomfortable for your dog.

Even if you have normally been able to manage your dog’s coat on your own you may be finding that you need a little help this year.  We would love to help you out and give both you and your dog a fresh, clean start for the summer!   So why not treat your pooch to a s-paaww day to get a nice shave down or a hairstyle provided by myself, Lily or Andrew.  Remember, we provide your pets grooming services in Etobicoke at Royal York Animal Hospital 7 days a week!

Happy Spring to all,


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