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    Hi EBN!
    Rook's right cheek has gotten very red and irritated over the past week. At first I thought it might be that his gums were bothering him - it seemed to coincide with a loose tooth / new molar coming in and he had scratched at the exact same area on his cheek. But it hasn't gotten better and started looking really bad the past few days - he's starting to look like the Joker on that side of his face.
    The skin looks red and irritated but is not raised. He will occasionally scratch it, but the itching doesn't seem to be constant. However, he did scratch and break skin yesterday.
    He has been on Fromm Beef Frittata for the past few months, and has been doing really well on it. He eats from stainless steel bowls that get cleaned everyday, and his face/wrinkles get cleaned with unscented aloe baby wipes everyday and we dry his face after eating/drinking.
    He hasn't had any skin issue before this. Not sure if this might be allergy related, he over irritated the area with scratching since it is only on the right side, or something else completely. I am going to call the vet tomorrow, but wanted to see if anyone had any ideas/advice in the mean time.
    Here's a pic of our little Joker... hopefully we can get him back to his handsome self soon!
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    Looks like a bacterial sore, maybe from rubbing and scratching. I would put some hydrogen peroxide on it and then some neosphorin.

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    Yup! I was going to suggest the same...poor guy! Hope you can get it cleared up!

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    Thank you very much! I'm going to get him cleaned up now!

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    If it gets worse, def take to the vet, keep us posted

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    Another thing that works well is a RX mouthwash, Chlorexidine Gluconate 0.12%.

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    @LaurenA any update -- how is his face today?
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    Thanks everyone! After just a day it's looking better - still a bit pinky but not as red and scary looking as it was yesterday. It's scabbing where he broke the skin, but I'm hoping that is a sign it's healing up and getting better. I'll keep you posted.

    His reaction to the neosporin was funny. I didn't realize it had much of a smell, but after I put after I put some on his cheek he started licking his nose like crazy. like 'ewww, what was that!'.

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    Glad he seems to be getting better!! Such a sweet looking boy!!

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    aw thats great hes getting better.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great advice!!! Rook's cheek is just about back to normal, just a small scab from where he broke the skin scratching but that is healing up too. Rook is so glad his face is looking handsome again, as he relies on his good looks to get attention from all of our neighbors when we are out and about.
    I don't know what we'd do without EBN!

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    So glad he is better now!

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