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Old 02-27-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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I've treated my dogs with Vetiricyn (sp?) topical spray to clean, followed by cortisone cream to relieve itching, and then triple antibiotic ointment. Usually did the trick. But now, one dog who has never had a hot spot before, is not responding to this treatment. He's going to the vet tomorrow for it.

Just want others' remedies that I can try next time.

Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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Listerine. Or gold bond medicated powder, or athletes foot medication. Any one of those will clear up hot spots on a temporary basis. You have to get rid of all fleas if you want to get rid of hot spots permanently, and remove any foods that the dog is allergic to.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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Diatomaceous earth. Fullers earth would probably work too; both are drying agents and DE really zaps hot spots and minor cases of moist dermatitis. Your vet can probably sell you some benzoil peroxide shampoo/wash.

Also if you have multiple dogs and hot spots are a common occurrence, an electric razor is very handy. You want to keep the fur from matting and getting all gooky around the area. One of my current three dogs is highly allergic to fleas and even with Revolution, he still gets occasional hot spots and skin lesions. If he does, I shave around the area and use DE and/or the shampoo from my vet to keep it dried out and they heal very quickly.

Better still is prevention, though. The only three dogs (and I have had and cared for many over the years) I had with recurring hot spots were caused by allergies. Flea and atopic. Controlling the cause is the best method.
Just googled and found this; makes sense:
ASPCA | Hot Spots
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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I have used Malaseb shampoo for all kinds of itching.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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Better still is prevention, though. The only three dogs (and I have had and cared for many over the years) I had with recurring hot spots were caused by allergies. Flea and atopic. Controlling the cause is the best method.
Just googled and found this; makes sense:
ASPCA | Hot Spots
thanks for the link... very helpful.

Last edited by steelstress; 02-27-2013 at 04:18 PM.. Reason: Didn't notice the link at first.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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A Gentamicin spray from the vet. It soothes and is used to treat bacterial infections. The one we use is called GentaSoothe.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Are you sure it's a hot spot and not just habit/boredom licking?
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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Hot spots are an overgrowth of bacteria on the skin. If you think of it that way, you can take measures to treat and prevent them. Keep the dog clean and dry and free of bound up dead hair that gets trapped in the coat.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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Are you sure it's a hot spot and not just habit/boredom licking?
"Hot spot" is a sort of generic term...licking from boredom, pain or stress can certainly lead to lick granulomas which is just a specific form of "hot spot."
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:19 PM
 
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The reason I asked is become some people call licking from habit/boredom a hot spot when it's not infected.

I have great advice on how to break a dog from licking due to habit/boredom. Here's a link to the thread:

Discouraging paw licking...........

The OP thought I was crazy and resisted trying it, but she eventually resorted to trying it and later reported that it worked!
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