How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Deb Your Own Question
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10042
Experience:  I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
60411192
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Deb is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a male Rottweiler about 5 years noticed a patch hair

Customer Question

I have a male Rottweiler about 5 years noticed a patch hair on the top of his head about halfway between his ears that is oosing clear fluid with a slight pink tint. At first I thought it was just dirt but after cleaning the fur several times it is still leaking fluid I see no cuts just moist skin. Any ideas?
Michele
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.
Michele: I'm sorry for this concern for your Rottie.It sounds as if he may have a hot spot aka moist dermatitis lesion on his head, especially if this is a fairly recent development.A picture might be helpful which the following links explains how to send
Normal
0
false
false
false
MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
(http://ww2.justanswer.com/how-do-i-send-photo-or-file-expert) but I can proceed with a response without it.Please give me a few minutes to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-parent:"";
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin:0in;
mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-ansi-language:#0400;
mso-fareast-language:#0400;
mso-bidi-language:#0400;}
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.
I seem to be having a problem with the site; please excuse the nonsense text. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.
Normal
0
false
false
false
MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
1. First, I'd trim away as much hair as possible around the edges to expose the affected skin. You may be surprised how extensive an area is involved once you start trimming.If you have mustache clippers, they'd be perfect for this job or they can be purchased at most dollar stores or even box stores such as WalMart.Just take care since this area could be quite painful for him; I wouldn't want you to become injured if this is the case so having someone restrain his head may be necessary.2. Then, I'd gently clean the area twice a day with dilute over the counter Betadine or Iodine (to the color of weak tea).If you have something with Chlorohexiderm in it such as Hebiclens, that would also be acceptable.3. I'd then apply a small amount of over the counter cortisone ointment which can help to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.4. If the area also looks really oozy or pusy, then I'd also apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment or cream such as you'd use on a wound for yourself.5. A perfect product for this sort of skin issue would be Vetericyn spray which may be available at local pet or grain stores. I know it can be purchased online but this won't help you now unless you have it shipped overnight.6. If he's not currently taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or steroid drugs, then he could be given Aspirin at a dose of 10 mg per pound of body weight, with food to avoid stomach upset. For a larger dog like a Rottie, I'd probably give 1.5-2 tablets of the 325 mg (full strength) twice a day. 7. If he's rubbing or scratching his head, he may need to wear a cone to prevent further damage to the area although I know he won't thank me for suggesting it.These types of lesions always heal but sometimes it can take up to a week or more to do so. But, the hair needs to be trimmed away so that moisture and pus is not retained which will retard healing. If you don't see improvement within a day or so (it should start to dry up), then a vet visit may be prudent. I hope this helps. Deb/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-parent:"";
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin:0in;
mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-ansi-language:#0400;
mso-fareast-language:#0400;
mso-bidi-language:#0400;}