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Taking Care of Pets in Late Summer

Susan Hornik

Even though it's almost September, Hollywood veterinarian Dr. Sehaj Grewal continues to see many dogs at his office with "hot spots"--these are places on a pet's body that have been impacted by summer heat and have redness from repeated scratching.

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"If your dog has irritated skin, it's best to bring them in to get an allergy shot," said Grewal, who is known as The Melrose Vet. "I give a Cytopoint injection that offers immediate relief. Also, Apoquel is used to treat and control itching and inflammation in dogs resulting from a variety of causes, including flea and food allergy."

If you can't get a vet visit, Dr. Grewal recommends a few drops of olive oil mixed with water on those hot spots, to soothe and soften irritated skin, along with topical, anti-itch dog shampoos that can soothe as well.

While the temperature still rather high in these late summer months, it's still a good thing to walk your pups in the shade, said Dr. Grewal."The cement ground can be way too hot on your pup's paws. You can also get your dog booties which protect their paws too."

Grewal believes dogs should have limited outside activity when it's very hot outside. "You don't want to them to overheat, especially certain breeds like bulldogs, as they already have breathing issues."

The veteran doctor has a busy fall ahead of him, as he is participating in GBK Productions Emmys gifting suite. "I am looking for some high profile celebrities to do some volunteer work with me during my time at Skid Row and help the charity. I really try hard to help the animals there."

Grewal has partnered up with Liv Sigel, a USC graduate, (University of Southern California) who is the founder and executive director of Underdog Community Project, an organization that provides services to homeless people's pets on Skid Row.

"I've been doing this for the last several months and it's really an enjoyable, rewarding experience to help the animals there," Grewal enthused.

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Dr. G began volunteering with Underdog Community Project in November of 2021, noted Sigel. "He is a compassionate, caring veterinarian that truly cares about the health of pets regardless of their owners' background. Despite the busy schedule at his hospital, he prioritizes the needs of homeless pet owners each month at Underdog's pet wellness clinics on Skid Row."

Sigel said that Grewal brings "professionalism and kindness" to those who are overlooked every single day. "Underdog is forever grateful to Dr. G's for his never ending support, dedication, and love."

Grewal is also building a rehab center for dogs next door to his facility, where he hopes to assist dogs and cats with hydrotherapy, muscle improvement and acupuncture. He has been actively looking to hire more veterinarians to work with.

Surprisingly, this has proved to be difficult. "The hardest challenge is finding vets to work with and I have ads everywhere! I want vet school grads too. I think because of the pandemic, it's become difficult to keep up with the demand. But hopefully, I can find good people soon; it will definitely help me reduce my stress level if I can find help!"

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