i have a one year old saint bernard spayed female with hotspots . mainly on her back and hind quarters .i have used a spray for hot spots rec.by her vet .is it possible to have her clipped or her hair thinned out ?do breeders do this ? i live in florida and she is ripping her self cause of the itching.she is a long coat saint .i normally groom her myself and onher back her skin is flaking off [yuck] im ready to call the groomer to have her clipped.
Don't have her clipped unless it is the absolute last thing you can do. Are you absolutely sure she doesn't have fleas? If you live in Florida, fleas can be a HUGE problem. Give her a bath in sulfoxydex shampoo, it's a medicated antibacterial shampoo you can get form your veterinarian. Head to your local grocery store and buy some triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin (or a generic version) of it, try and get the anti itch version if you can. Dab a tiny bit on every hotspot you can find. That alone will give her some relief from the itching, and get some antibiotic on the hotspots. If you can keep her from licking or scratching it for 15 minutes, that will be enough time for the ointment to start working. Put it on your dog 2x a day. When your dog is completely dry, put some advantage or advantix top spot on it, even if you don't see any fleas. Frontline doesn't work on some dogs, maybe your dog is one, if you've been using that, but trust me, Advantage products *work*. I live in Alabama and have had to take out a full blown flea infestation on a rescue dog that was so allergic, he had no hair from his chest back to his tail. His legs and tail were like a giant scab of hot spots. Everything I'm passing on to you is information and advice my veterinarian gave to me on helping him out, and trust me, it works. Additionally, get a pack of benadryl, the allergy medication. Start giving your dog a benadryl every 6 to 8 hours to help with the itching. You don't have to give it to the dog for more than 2 or 3 days. The idea is with this combination to get the itching under control so the hair has time to grow and the hot spots have time to heal and get the dog over the 'hump', so to speak. Finally, take a look at what you are feeding the dog. If you are feeding a premium food, the food may not be the problem, but if you are feeding something like Purina dog chow, you may need to swap to a better grade of food.
Before you do ANYTHING else, call the vet and tell him what's going on and how serious you believe it to be, and from what you've described it IS serious. Your vet should see the animal to assess the skin and to see if anything has changed since the medication was prescribed. The dog may need antibiotics or other meds. Also, cultures may need to be taken to rule out infections (either bacterial or fungal) and rule out other complications like mites, chiggers etc. Also, the vet can talk to you about the dog's diet...you may need to go on a hypoallergenic dog food if you think it could be allergy related. Most vets would treat this very seriously and get on top of the problem, BUT if you think that your vet is taking too lax an approach, then ask for either a referral to a vet that deals with dermatologic issues or just get to another vet for a second opinion. Believe me, if you wait, you're going to have a big problem on your hands. But you already know that. Also, I would get in touch with the breeder immediately and find out if there's anything they recommend, and let them know that this is happening. Please keep us informed! And I hope it all works out for you, and for your poor dog.
Have a groomer completely comb the dog out, have them shampoo with a medicated shampoo. There are a few so buy some from the vet thats appropriate.(some groomers work out of a vet/convenient) Make sure the dog gets completely dryed. Then have some oiyment on hand to apply to the hotspots.
thank you to all .she does have some fleas .she was a rescue so i dont know who the breeder is . friend found her tyed outside ,previous owners moved and left her at 4 months .will be calling the groomers monday ,thanks again for the help.