Our dog has an irritated and possibly painful penis. What can we do to help him?

Question: 

We recently acquired a 1 year old Chihuahua. The previous owner thought he had fleas and gave him a bath with some over the counter medication for bugs! Now is penis is irritated, reddish and he is licking it a lot. We bathed him with a mild oatmeal base shampoo. He is not scratching any more but the redness around his penis persists. What should we do?

Answer: 

The first thing to do is to make sure the inflamed area is thoroughly washed and rinsed. If the inflammation still persists, please schedule an appointment with your primary care veterinarian to be examined for any infection which would require antibiotic therapy. Also make sure the puppy gets on a good flea control program.  This should be discussed with your primary care veterinarian for recommendations.