Thursday, March 11, 2010

The itch looked redder than it should last night, sparking off an insane wave of fear in the family. So we "rushed" him to the doc's early this morning.

We fear the unspeakable -- Hot Spots.

Dog hot spots are a result of a skin condition officially called pyotraumatic dermatitis. It is a bacterial infection that develops and rapidly spreads in the skin. Hot spots will be warm to the touch, and painfully itchy for a dog. Hot spots emit pus and smell badly. Hair loss from around the infected area is common. Because dog hot spots are so painful and irritating many dogs will bite and scratch the area causing the infection to spread. Also, some dogs will scratch at a hot spot to the point of breaking the skin. This makes the condition even more painful, and provides the opportunity for a more serious infection to occur.

Reading it makes me shudder, even so one year on. The state he was reduced to beyond comprehension.'s just an abrasion! *PHEWWWWWWWWW!* Praise God for that. :) Abrasions that happen to most dogs and well...his history of skin allergies could have made it slightly more sensitive.

Oh and our lil rascal weighs over a sack of potatoes now...12kg! haha...

happy weekend in advance everyone!

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