Our 6-month old Golden puppy (who is the size of a full-grown Golden) has a hot spot on his lower back. We put Sulfodene on it since it is recommended for hot spots and he continued to lick at it so we sprayed a little bitter apple on it hoping that would deter him from licking the spot. It seems to have gotten a scab on it now, but today he has had the runs 4 times and thrown up once during the course of 8 hours. Other than that, he is doing well. He is still being playful, sleeping well, etc. He wants to eat, but we put the food up since he had the runs. Would licking the sulfodene from the hot spot cause the runs? I will add that all last week he had been boarded with our older Golden while we were on vacation and I noticed the spot the day we returned. He may have had some anxiety and given himself the hot spot, but he has been home now for 4 days. Any suggestions or thoughts??? Thanks!!
He may have licked the sulfodene off. He may also still be stressed from you guys being back home and that's what's given him diarrhea. I personally treated all hotspots thatwere on our akita during the worst of her flea allergies with neosporin. If it is on the dog for 10 minutes, it's effective and if you get the anti itch kind and just pay close attention to the dog, they will generally leave it alone.
The product you are using on your dog is suppose to be non-toxic. I think its the stress that is causing the problems. Believe it or not, I used Listerine on a hot spot that my one rottie had. It worked wonders.
Thanks everyone-----I talked to my friend, the breeder of both our dogs and she said the same thing that stress can cause it-----but if he's been home now since Saturday and it just started today--would that be stress related?? I called the emergency vets since our vets don't do calls after hours and they said that I could give him Pepto Bismol every 4 hrs. Since the first time I wrote, he's had it again and it has a small amount of blood in it----the emergency vet said that would worry him if the dog was'nt acting or eating right. The puppy has been rough-housing the older dog, bouncing around with the kids and has'nt slept a wink since early afternoon. I gave him the pepto bismol and I had to mix it with some of his dry food so he would eat it, so we're hoping that does the trick---we're taking him to the vets tomorrow a/m first thing, regardless. Any help or suggestions----please!!!!!
I have Goldens, and have experience with them. Here's my suggestions: 1. Don't put anything else on this hotspot, no home remedies, nothing unless a vet prescribes it. Just leave it alone, and let the vet look at it. There are lots of well meaning folks that have many home remedies, but many of them can do more harm than good. A Golden's skin is very prone to this, and your vet will want to assess it and get a handle on it. Whatever the treatment plan is going to be, you may need an E collar to keep him from licking at it. Your vet can probably loan you one. 2. If you feed him anything tonight, just boil up some plain white rice (no salt in it) which will help bind up the diarrhea, and you can put some lean chicken breast in it if you want. Don't let him gorge himself....try about 1/3 cup each rice and chicken. 3. Make sure he stays hydrated. If the diarrhea is severe get some pedialyte (the stuff you give to kids) or at the very least offer some water or some icechips. The thing about the diarrhea that would tend to worry me is that he was boarded last week, but there's no sense in worrying now....most important thing is to get him to his doctor tomorrow. If the diarrhea looks like there's alot of frank (bright) blood in it, call the vet back tonight. If he starts vomitting, I'd call the vet back. Please let us know how it goes....I'll be thinking of you.
I forgot to mention that, like Minnyar, I have used neosporin for minor ones, with good result. This link is to a great site that deals with animal health issues, and this link will take you right to hot spots: http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/hotspots.html and for diarrhea: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/faid.html
I was going to say, Neosporin is what my veterinarian prescribed we use on my dog's hot spots, it's not a 'home remedy.' That said, regardless of how your dog is feeling, blood in the diarrhea is never a good thing. Take her to the vet asap.
a small amount of blood in the diarrhea is normal if they have been having several bouts of it. the intestines are really irritated and small amts. of the blood isn't cause to worry. if you see large amounts or totally frank blood then that is a cause for concern. i would pull up his food for 24 hours then start him back eating by boiling up some chicken and rice and feed him that for a few days. as soon as he has a normal bowel movement you can start weaning him off the chicken and rice by gradually mixing in his regular dog food slowly over a 3 day period. if he gets the diarhea again your vet can give him some medication that will clear it up. the bitter apple spray or sulfadene could have caused his stomach to get upset. generally when a dog exhibits stress diarrhea from boarding they get the diarrhea while they are boarding or have it upon returning to home. not four days later.