My family and I was recently blessed with an unexpected new family member. As I went out to start my daily business I seen a Great Pyreness in my yard. I didn't think much about it and went on with my day. A few days maybe a week later I see this dog again and notice a red cable tie out hanging from it that had been snapped. So I call the dog over to check for ID tags. It had none and the dog appeared friendly enough so we took it in. But it smelt like... well it wasn't pleasant. So I bathe it and gave it a good brushing out. In this process bonding set in quick. But the wife and I both agreed to post several flyers around town to find the owners. Which about two weeks later after several neighbors recognized the dog and the owners ran into us walking her, we gained permission to keep her and we have. Now this sweety is great and we have come to love her dearly. Only problem is since I have had dogs before I recognize that she is suffering from Hot Spots. I've found that certain breeds handle things differently. What is the best course to follow for a Great Pyreness to cure and prevent further Hot Spots. I've read and researched it so much and have gotten hundreds of different answers, to the point I'm totally confused as what steps to take. In the past I've had short haired breeds with this conditon. Which I used sergant's hot spot treatment for and it calls for shaving the infected area and it worked. But I'm being to that shaving a Great pyreness, it's coat will not go back well. I'm not going to lie...I have given this great thought being she has this hot spot issue and that being on the streets her coat has become extremely matted. Any sane advice would be Great Pyreness appreciated. "Snow bear" owners preferred but everyones time is appreciated.-Ratt
Hmmm, I am thinking that having matted hair can add to skin problems. The undercoat needs to be brushed out in order to help the skin breath. One other thing could be is to make sure she is on a all natural kibble, No corn, No wheat, no bi-products. Keep her brushed well and give her premium kibble. If you want you can look up the top 10 dog foods and choose from that list. I feed my dogs Innova, and Artemis.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!
you are going to have to take her to a professional groomer & have her done there. The matted hair pulls on the skin which is what creates the hot spots. this should have been done right away. They will only get worse because of the matting
It is not unusual to find maggotts living in those open wounds. Flys get in there & lay eggs. Once they start eating away the flesh there is no fixing it.
She can also get horrendous infections in there. It is painful to the dog.
I believe you have your work cut out for you with this dog. If they allowed her to get this bad that probably means she has no shots & is not spayed either.
The advice about food was good. Lots of other things shouldn't be in it either. No food from WM or the grocery store.