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Does your dog have a hot spot? The Bow Tie Vet Guy Helps!

August 18, 2019

The shaved butt one. Take one. Theme music. Theme music. It’s got the theme music. Hey everyone. Dr. Mike here again. I just got my first video question that came through. And this was it. “Dr.” Mike Really? You’re going to say, “doctor?” That’s what you’re going to say? Hi, I’m living here in Northridge and my wife and I recently shaved part of my dog. Pretty much the butt area. The butt of the dog. And now the dog is very irritated at having it’s butt shaved. If you have any advice at all, that would be great. “Dr.” Mike. Okay, before y’all get mad at him using the air quotes “doctor” thing. Don’t worry about it. That guy is actually my brother. Who does not have a doctorate. And he thinks he’s a funny “guy.” But I love him and I love his “kids.” Dr. Mike for the win. Okay, to answer his question. He shaved his dog and then the butt got all sore afterwards. I’m assuming the skin around the butt got all sore. This happens sometimes because the clipper blades get hot and they cause a little irritation on the skin. This can cause what we call a hot spot. Hot spots are just like what they sound. The skin actually gets warm to the touch, gets inflamed, and if they keep rubbing at it can get infected as well. And then the dog can rub and rub and rub. And do the scoot, scoot, scoot. The chariot races. Stuff where they’re scooting. Couple of things you can do. Go to the pet store. You can find a spray for hot spots. Most of them have some hydrocortisone in there or something to take out some of that inflammation. You know the calor, rubor, dolor, tumor. Yea, that’s right. Latin. Another thing people want to do is they want to put some hydrogen peroxide on it to clean it. No, don’t do that. It’s just. Stop. It bubbles up and it looks nice but over time if you keep using that hydrogen peroxide will be really irritating to the skin and what we want to do is reduce the irritation. So don’t do that. The thing to think about with the sprays is they can sometimes have some alcohol in them, so you want to be really careful about that. If it’s open. If the skin is sore and you spray alcohol on it it will sting and your dog will hate you forever. And it will never like you again. For sure. It really hurts. Like here. If you don’t want to do that, you can sometimes try an aloe and oatmeal shampoo that will help cool things off too. Even Aveno, just from over the counter can help. But if things get really bad then you have to go to the vet because it’ll be a deep gross infection like oozing and gross. You know if it looks like like that. And the vet will shave it up, clean it up, get you some oral antibiotics, cause that infection can get really deep into the skin. And then get you some oral steroids as well, and that can help cool things off as well. So the main things there that you want to know are you can go get a spray for a hot spot, you can get some aloe oatmeal shampoo, or you can just go to the vet. That’s the answer, “brother.” Thanks for watching Ask me more questions, put them in the comments below, send me a video, whatever you want to do and I’ll answer them. And you know you can trust me cause I’m a doctor. Like a real doctor. Not a “doctor.”


  • Reply Robert Vreeland March 25, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Dr. Mike, what's the deal with the weird black skin on a dogs nose becoming all dry, raised and cracked? Looks like you could pull off chunks like picking a scab.

  • Reply Gustavo Nieto July 31, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    hi doc , hey my dog has a hoy spot and i d like to know how do you apply the spray you just put it on the spot directly or you have to clean the área first?

  • Reply Panos Papageorgiou September 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    dog's nose ,paws and dry skin healing cream !

  • Reply Cody Creelman, Cow Vet January 3, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Just found your channel, you've got chops, good job

  • Reply Abraham Cardona June 17, 2017 at 12:41 am

    johnny knocksville lookin ass. you koo

  • Reply Siera Smith July 6, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Hi! I have a black lab who’s been going down and swimming in the pond and has accumulated a hot spot it is pretty infected it took four is us to hold him down so I can clean it but it was kind of a fail because with the puss and hair it has hardened. Should we try to give him a bath and shave the area, and also apply the spray?

  • Reply christina adams December 30, 2018 at 4:49 am

    My dogs are 13 and 14 years old. They have both been itching like crazy. They knawl at their skin until they have no fur left. My dog has rubbed her butt until she has no hair left. I took her to the vet , and I only had a 150 budget. They couldn’t diagnose her with that so they wrote out a comprehensive care plan., and let me choose things off the list🤦‍♀️ Like would know what to choose. I chose antibiotics and antihistamines. She told me to give them a bath every other day. I did with a very expensive oatmeal shampoo, and I switched them to a grain free food ( they hate it and seriously are loosing weight). The itching is less than what it was a month ago, but it’s still significant. They also smell bad no matter what I do! I thought it was the mange, but now I’m leaning to yeast infection. Ugh… can you help me!?

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