Problem: Shilo has a "hot spot" on her rump. Unfortunately, even under the effects of Ace, my mom and I can't get near her wound to treat it. She becomes very aggressive if we start to get near the sore, and she becomes even more aggressive if we try to muzzle her. We don't have the money to take her to a vet, and we don't have anything strong enough to knock her out to where she wouldn't be awake enough to bite. Will the spot eventually heal if just left alone? She doesn't lick at it as much as she did the first day or two, so I was hoping if we left it alone it would just heal on its own. Please help me out here--I really do not want to get bit by this dog. I've seen her eat through cow bone, she would have no trouble biting my fingers in two.
Ok no they won't heal on their own they will only get worse and begin to smell, you have to do something. You can get a HOT SPOT STICK rub on, found at petsmart or petco and sometimes even at wal mart or kroger.
To use the stick without getting bit is the trick it may take 2 of you to do this but heres the scoop......
Place your dogs head between the calfs of your legs as if holding her in a head lock (because you will be) then treat the effected area as fast as you can then let her go. She should run from you then and go chew on her spot, but at least its the first step at getting it healed. The rub on meds wont hurt her and she may not like the taste of it, but it is not going to drug her or anything. She wont get enough of it off to harm herself and with her licking it shes just rubbing it in and helping it go to the spot that bugs her.
Do this at least 2 times a day.
I know it sounds harsh but if you want to treat it thats the way I am experienced at treating biting dogs with those type of personalities and problems.
***Edited By: peanutmypoodle on 9/13/2005 3:29:52 PM*** Reason: *
First of all the hot spot is much bigger then you think. You HAVE to shave the hair off around the spot in order to git it all. Then clean it very well. Because not only is you dog licking it but bugs will lay eggs in your dogs hot spot like flys & you Do Not want that. The hot spot is like a bed sore on a human you have to treat it like one because your dog has an Infection on its body and trying to clean its self just makes it worse. Call around to different vets and get a price you have to take care of this right. The dog needs medical attn. Please do the right thing..
My lab use to get hotspots when she was younger. One time she got one and since I had some of the spray from last time left over i didnt take her in, i just quickly sprayed the area and wouldnt let her lick it and it did go away, but i had the spray.
seij the problem with hot spots is like rottlover says......they often extend much further in diameter then what is visible without shaving. they need to be cleaned up and kept dry. antibiotics also need to be given. also with the warm weather you need to be concerned with maggots. you dont want maggots to get in there that would be really really really bad.
if you cannot get her to the vet try and see if they will allow you to atleast purchase either gentocin topical spray or genesis spray and use that on the area at least 2-3 times a day. it is a cortisone and antibiotic spray.
Put large collar on dog tight enough that it cannot pull it's head through no matter how hard it trys but that it still can breathe..
Put chain lead on collar and tie firmly to an immoveable object (fence post, car bumper, stair corner post) make absolutely sure this is your hands/face at risk.
Loop web lead around dog's body under flanks and get second person to hold tight.
This is not meant to hurt the dog it is meant to immobilize them. It isn't pretty but it is effective, there are times when you have to immobilize a dog who is in for clipping until they figure out you aren't really trying to eat them alive. The difference is that I have a grooming table with a large frame over the center specifically designed for this purpose.
Now that you have the dog held still, gently and very carefully clip the hair away from the hot spot. Clean thoroughly. I like hydrogen peroxide but it is not in favour with the vet. medical community right now. Perhaps a gentle disinfectant soap like Hibitaine (sp). Once you have the lesion clean and dry Penaten cream, the kind that is used on baby's diaper rash is very effective.
This is a very common occurence with double coated dogs. I was always led to believe that one reason for it was a reaction to diet. With the Chows the first things I would remove from the diet was soya, then I would lower the protein content of the food to less than 23%. Failing that lamb and rice or some other hypoallergenic formula.
Another reason can be moisture trapped between unshed coat and the skin.
I am not sure if this is right, but it worked for me.
When our lab had a hot spot on his leg, he kept chewing on it, as soon as i noticed it, i cleaned it, then i put antibactia/ cream on it and wrapped it in a bandage with some tape. The key was to keep him in my sight at all times or he would try and get the bandage off.
In a few days he was better and eventually his hair grew back. He had a vet apppointment (well check) about two weeks later, and the vet said it looked good.
Never tried an e-collar on her. Personally, I wouldn't try it now. She was a rescue, and is very sensative to negative enforcement.
I thought about the idea of tying her to a post so she couldn't manuver her head, but I am going to try that only if the medicines I buy don't help her. I'm trying to be very careful right now with the way I am handling her. Now my mom can't go near her pen without getting growled at. I don't want Shilo to lose her trust in me as well. It took me 6 months to get her to completely trust me when I first got her.
Our lab mix "Flash" came down with sarcophic mange last winter. After close to $500 spent with the vet, and groomer for anti-fungal treatments, in desperartion my daughter came home with SHAPLEY'S M-T-G. This product is meant for girth itch, and other fungal problems for horses. Within 2 days of treatment, Flash was almost completely cured. I was within days of having the poor dog put down. He had no hair left on his tail, and his front legs were also naked. He was literally going crazy with his itching. After spending all that money with the vet.....a measly $11.50 bottle of creamy liquid did the trick.