On the seventh day of Christmas, Dr Jason had a visit from Rudolph, the slightly rotund, golden retriever with a very red itchy face and belly. Rudolph’s owner was very worried as Rudolph had been up all night scratching and did not want to play any games today. On examination, Jason noted that poor Rudolph had a skin infection under his chin but his nose was unaffected – he could still smell the liver treats in the consult room. After a short stay with the team for the day for a clip and clean for his hot spot, Rudolph bounced off home with his stocking full of antibiotics and medication. Rudolph will not be itching on Christmas day but will have to take some medication with his Christmas dinner.