Your dog looked fine yesterday. This morning, you noticed a small bald spot by its tail bone. By this afternoon, it was a large bald spot that had started oozing. Most likely, it's a common skin ailment known as pyotraumatic dermatitis. Your dog probably had something that was irritating it, such as a fleas, and it started scratching to relieve the itch. Unfortunately, the area got severely irritated, and now your pet has a bald spot. Here are a few things you can do to relieve the irritation and promote healing.
Give it a Thorough Cleaning
The first thing you'll need to do is clean the area. Dirt and germs can lead to a skin infection, which will require veterinary care. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of antibacterial soap. Soak a cloth in the sudsy water and carefully wash the wound site. Rinse the area with clear water and pat dry. Repeat the process twice a day. If your dog has long hair, you might want to trim the hair around the wound. This will prevent hair from getting stuck in the sore.
Apply Cool Compresses
As the wound heals, it might start itching more. You can relieve the itchiness by applying cool compresses. The compresses will also soften any crust that might have formed over the wound site. Soak a cloth in cool water and wring it out. Carefully place the cloth over the wound and leave it in place for a few minutes. Wet the cloth again and gently wipe the wound. You can repeat this several times a day. For maximum benefit, try adding about a cup of green tea to the water. The tannic acid in the tea will dry out the skin and promote healing.
Reduce the Inflammation
If the area is red and inflamed, you can help reduce the inflammation by reaching for the hydrocortisone cream. Clean the area with a soft cloth and then cover the wound with a thick layer of hydrocortisone cream. The cream will reduce inflammation and alleviate the discomfort your dog may be experiencing. Reapply the cream about three times a day until the wound has healed.
If your pet has scratched a bald spot into its skin, you'll need to keep the area clean and prevent infection. If the area develops a foul odor, or does not appear to be healing, be sure to take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible.