Dear Bichon/Dog/Animal lover, I am trying to find out the best and most effective way to treat a HOTSPOT on my dog's tummy (Bichon Frise). I am using a topical spray Gentocin, but it does not seem to work....my dog also gets to the hotspot immediately and licks off the spray. He obviously is in pain much of the time, very uncomfortable and keeps nervously running around the house. Kindly respond to here AS WELL as to my email address at email@example.com (that is okONEONE....). My dog and I thank you:):) Peter
It wouldn't hurt to take him to the vet. If it is very red, inflammed and painful, you could have alittle more going on. You may have to use your spay, or even neosporn and then put an old t-shirt on the puppy so he can not get to the spot. As long as a hot spot stays moist from licking or chewing, it will not heal. You will have to watch him so he doesn't chew off the t-shirt, and make sure once it is on him, you tie the excess in a loose knot around his middle so he doesn't walk out of it.
I have luckily had a total of four bichons in my adult life. One of my Bichons had severe allergies so that scratching/licking to the point that hot spots would eventually appear. Eventually, seeing a vet. to receive medication with steroids was a must along with either a "t-shirt" wrap along with an Elizabeathan (sp?) collar were "musts" while the spots began their healing process. As someone mentioned earlier, the Neosporin was also a great treatment/salve to put directly onto the hot spot when the pup cannot directly lick the medication off of the wound.
Allergies of the bichon can be expensive. One of current Bichons has major scratching, itching and licking problems but fortunately, it is spread out enough that hot spots have not developed.
I wish you luck with your loving bichon...I have found one of the best ways to keep my bichon from itching, licking, etc. is hold and pet and love him. It definitely soothes him.