Jan 12 2012

February 2008

Hot Spots

Hot spots, also referred to as pyotraumatic dermatitis, are caused by excessive licking, biting, rubbing or scratching of an area of the body that itches or is painful. Common sites are on the cheeks and hips. Some of the underlying causes are allergy, parasites ( especially fleas) , ear infections, anal irritations, matted dirty coats, contact with irritating material, compulsive licking or chewing and sometimes just because. Dogs with dense undercoats such as German Shepherds, Collies, Golden and Labrador Retrievers seem to be more prone to developing hot spots.

Typical sores are hairless, reddened and moist with a thick yellowish covering in the center. The sores are painful and progress rapidly if not treated. Treatment requires shaving of the hair from affected areas until normal skin is reached. This often requires heavy sedation or an anesthetic because of the pain involved. Topical and systemic medications are required to resolve this condition.

This golden was presented for a smelly sore under his left ear. This is what we found after clipping away the hair.

Ouch! Note how swollen those skin folds are and the raw area in the centre of the lesion. See how the dermatitis is spreading outwards. This can get out of control so quickly. If this is what you suspect your pet has, medical attention is paramount.

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Our Clinic

Mono Veterinary Clinic Professional Corporation opened its doors in March of 1989 as the third small animal clinic in the immediate Orangeville area. Since its inception, the clinic has operated as a solo practice, run by Dr. Gudrun Thomas aka Goodie.

Location Hours
Monday8:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday8:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday8:30am – 7:00pm

Emergency Process When the office is closed veterinary services are provided by Emergency Veterinary Clinic Hwy 10 in Brampton. This clinic is located on the southeast corner of Wexford and Hwy 10, one light south of Fishermans Drive. The number there is 905-495-9907. They are open from 7 pm to 8 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then from Friday nights at 7 pm straight through until Monday 8am. They are also open on stat holidays. If your pet is hospitalized overnight and needs to come back to us, please note that their pickup time is between 7 and 7:30a. We are normally not open until 8:30a. If you would leave a message on our office phone 519-941-6383 we will do our very best to meet you at the clinic well before 8:30a.