one of my dogs developed a hot spot this week. the only effective treatment is to shave the area , clean it with a betadine solution and spray it a few times a day with a topical cortisone spray. treat it now because hot spots get worse real fast. between the legs is not a common area to develop a hot spot.
Thanks scout. I checked all over for fleas and flea droppings and found none. (Easy to see, as she is white.) I noticed that she had been licking her back legs in what would be the "knee" on us, but the red area's on the inside of her back leg, just one side, right above the "hock" area. Do you think it could be something else?
for some reason now is the time of year you start to see hotspots.if you have the cone that will help prevent her from chewing the area and making it worse. the area needs to be shaved to remove the hair and let air get to it to dry it up. keeping it clean and dry and preventing her from chewing the area and it should clear up in a few days. if it isn't getting noticeably better by monday take her to the vet for some stronger meds. and also to be sure that that is what it is.
As weird as it may sound, I used Listerine on hot spots. When I had my female rottie, she had one on top of her head. I used a cotton ball soaked in Listerine and dabbed it on there. It started clearing up in a few days and the hair started coming back.
My first shihtzu used to get hot spots this time of year, and i would shave it down and get the cortizone 5 creme from the drug store and put it on. that would usually clear it up in a couple of days, but like it was said, you have to get it quick because they always tend to get worse if you don't
You don't have to shave and clean the area. All you have to do is put some neosporin on the affected area. Watch the dog to make sure it leaves the area alone for at least 10 minutes, and that's more than enough for the neosporin to be effective. I've had to treat 2 dogs, one of them a rescue, for horrible flea allergies, and neosporin is what my veterinarian recommended. (if you want to know what one dog looked like the day I brought him home, check out this picture http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3d604b3127cce8d6a1889be3b0000000610 ) I shudder to think of what people with show dogs would do if they had to shave areas on a dog that had hot spots! Some dogs are impossible to shave, if you shaved them their coats never grow back in the same. But actually, what's more important here is what is making the dog itch. All the treatments in the world, regardless of what they are or how good they work, are useless if the dog just keeps scratching the area over and over. Have you taken it to the vet and had the vet check for fleas or other parasites? Is the dog on flea preventative? My vet says one of the typical areas dogs scratch when they get fleas is just above the hocks, like you describe, even if you don't see any fleas. Have you changed the dog's food recently? You might be seeing evidence of a food allergy. By the way, I found the dog in the picture a great home, and his coat looks beautiful now. I really need to take apicture of him and post it so you can see the improvements!
Thanks for all the advice guys! I am worried that it may be an allergic reaction as Kicho has seemed a little itchy for a week or so now. Possibly from all the pollen etc in the air? I live in an agricultural area (Fresno, CA) so this time of year is really tough on everyone here! I use Advantage on her, (and my other dogs as well) so I think I got the flea problem covered. (I hope!) I did change her to Chicken Soup dog food three days ago, but she's been itchy since before that. I did put some betadine on the area and some bitter apple to stop her from chewing and that seems to have worked (so far!) The area now looks more like an insect bite, but I am taking her to the vet on Mon., because I want to be sure that I have everything covered. Thanks again for all the advice, I sure do appreciate it!
This happened to our dog and it was from food allergies. It eventually got so bad she blistered. We switched to hypoallergenic Duck and Potato food and it all went away.. thankfully! She was licking so bad and it drove her and us nuts
tammy if your dogs hotspots have gotten so bad they are now bleeding you need to take her to the vet. when they are that bad the dog should be put on an antibiotic because there is usually a secondary infection going on. to keep her comfortable before your vet appointment shave the hair off the area and clean it really well with some betadine/iodine solution. make sure you dry it really well as leaving it moist will make it worse. spray a topical cortisone spray on it and stop her from chewing it. the more she chews the worse it will get also. the vet will probably give you cortisone pills to help control the intense itching these things cause. if you have an elizebethan collar put it on her
A few of my dogs get hot spots this time of year and when we took them to the vet he told us it was allegries and to give them Benadryl Allegry once a day and it went away and have never had a problem since. so about this time of year their nose's start turning a lil red we know its time of Benadryl.