A few days ago B and I noticed that Athena's underarms looked like they had been rubbed raw (loss of fur and a small bump on one side). After doing some research online, we figured that this irritation was probably caused by her Easy Walk Harness. I went out and bought some felt so that I can sew some pit pads to create some padding where the harness seems to be irritating her skin. I found the idea for the pit pads here, but decided that I could easily sew them myself (I will post a tutorial once I actually get around to making them!). We have been avoiding the use of her harness to allow for the irritated skin to heal.
Even with our avoidance of using the harness, it seems that Athena has gotten at this irritated patch of skin on her own. Today B noticed a hot spot forming under one of her harness. I would post a picture, but I don't want to gross anyone out!
We called the vet and they suggested that we bring her in so that they could determine if it was actually a hot spot and if there could be something causing it other than the harness irritation.
It turns out that Athena has a pretty mild hot spot, but will require a steroid/antibiotic spray on the spot twice a day for over a week until it heals.
|Athena walking with her harness pre-hot spot|