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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog developed a red raw spot on s p today. He won't quit

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My dog developed a red raw spot on his hip today. He won't quit digging and licking it. My vet is closed until Tuesday. Once before he had allergy problems that caused something like this, however that was years ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You've described a "hot spot" - pyotraumatic dermatitis - which usually arises secondary to allergic dermatitis. Do you have an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and/or a corticosteroid such as prednisone, and/or an Elizabethan collar at home? Do you happen to have an antibacterial shampoo such as the over the counter Hebiclens and/or a numbing topical spray?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can pick up some antibacterial shampoo tomorrow morning. How much benadryl would I give him. He weighs 8 pounds. He had this condition maybe 7 or 8 years ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can I pick up a numbing topical spray at the drug store
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Dose the Benadryl at 2 mg/lb or ~15 mg for Chomper. It will at least sedate him and can be repeated at 12 hour intervals. Yes, you can pick up a numbing spray in a pet/feed store that's safe for Chomper. The wound should be disinfected first with the Hebiclens which is available in most every pharmacy. An E-collar can be picked up in a pet/feed store as well. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Maria,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Chomper. How is everything going?
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