Veterinary questions? Ask a Vet for Answers ASAP
Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Is she licking only in one specific area?
2- Did she have the hair cut in this area?
Mary, please give me a few more minutes, I am typing your answer. Thank you.
Mary, it sounds like may have developed what we commonly call a "hot spot," which is an area of inflammation secondary to excessive licking. It is important when treating this area that you stop her from licking or she is going to delay healing. This is what you can try:
1- Need to stop her from licking or she is going to delay healing. Pick up an E-collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop her from licking/gnawing the affected area.
2- Pick up at your local pharmacy (chemist) "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.
3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.
4- If no significant improvement after doing the above in 2-3 days follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.Dr. Peter