Leo: No we actually do not shave them because we catch them so early and treat them. I have had to shave those rare times if for some reason someone missed it and it got bad, but really that's so so rare. Also, in conjunction with this, I have Cepholexin on hand (this is the antibiotic for most things related to SKIN) and automatically start them on it. Cepho also dries this up and clears them in days.
Maltipoo: Yes, Gold Bond is also really good. What we are doing is drying the hot spot up with the products we are describing. That's a huge part of containing a hot spot.. ensuring it's dried up and no moisture is getting into it. I tend to waste more powder just because it's much harder to apply, hence why I like the spray.
With the Cepholexin, I dont even need the other things and this is such a mild antibiotic anyway. On a 70 pound Lab of mine, I probably would give 2000mg 1st day, 1500 thereafter for 10 days. Done and gone. :-)
MOST vets today, if you call them up and tell them your dog has a hot spot, and ask for some Cepholexin, they will just give it to you. It's really an easy antibiotic. goes by weight, easy to give, just put it in something like a little plain yogurt and they "woof" it down (pardon the pun) LOLOLOL