How short is your little dog's fur? The first thing I would do is have it cut as short as possible. A hotspot is the result of bacteria growing and spreading in a moist environment; so the more air the better. If the hair is cut short, it is less likely to be a good place for bacteria to grow. The way to get rid of the hot spot is to shave around the area, and then keep it scupulously clean. Clean the area with Betadine solution, (use a q tip with this) or use a powder called NeoPredef. It is an antibiotic, anti-pruritic, and dries the oozy spot up.In a week it should be gone. Your vet should have given you antibiotics, and an antihistamine. If he didn't I would ask for it. I hope your dog is better soon.
I read your other post, and in it you said you love dressing your dog up. While that can be very cute, it is also stopping the air from getting to your dog's skin. This may be the cause of the hot spots.
Thank you for responding. I did have the area shaved by the vet. and he did give me an antibiotic for her. I do dress her alot. That may be why she has it :( . The vet said may be caused from a bug bite or flee. She just got fixed yesterday. I feel so bad for her.Now she has 2 things that she has to deal with. Shes scratching the hotspot alot tonight. So i did put on her t-shirt so she wouldnt scratch it. Now what should I do.Oh geez.Im dommed if I do and dommed if I dont.oh boy
Do you have any children's benadryl,or a collar you could put on her? You really need her to stop scratching, and open the area to the air. I would phone the vet, if you don't have a collar, get one, and ask about the benadryl. If you can get the Neo Predef, you will notice a big difference in the itching too.
I was writing my last post and did'nt see your post about the spray! Since the vet gave you an oral antibiotic, because your dog needs systemic treatment, a purely antiseptic spray is not really ideal. What you need is something with an anti-inflammatory, anti pruritic(itch) and drying agent. I would use peroxide or betadine, but it will probably still itch, that's why I suggest the antihistamine.
Your vet hopefuly has it, or will give you a prescription for the NeoPredef. I'm not really familiar with the U.S system, but it might be available in your feed stores, which we don't have up here.Your vet will certainly know though. You can also buy it on line, but would be nicer to have it sooner than later.
JerseyChick, I know you love dressing your little dog up, but perhaps you could even make some changes with her outfits. I would try and use natural fibers that breathe, like cotton, and bamboo. Keep her hair clipped quite short, especially if you are in a hot humid area. If there is a flea problem, actually it only takes 1 flea bite, inspect her thoroughly and if you notice something starting, jump on it right away.You will become a pro hot- spotter!
LOL.I check her every night before bedtime. I check for any fleas or ticks. She goes to groomers once or twice a month. I keep her hair trimmed short. Since she has poodle like hair. I have to. And I use frontline flea and tick. Hopfully the hotspot goes away soon.
The best thing for hot spots Aveeno Bath Treatment (Oatmeal). It comes in packets. Depending on the size of the hot spot.mix small amout of powder with water to make a paste.Put paste on hot spot.Let dry(don't let dogs lick it off).Then with warm rag clean spot off allow to dry .Repeat once a day till spot is gone. http://www.aveeno.com/productDetail.do?prodid=3640 Elwood had a bad hot spot used this a up a t-shirt on him till it was gone.Works great..
HI THERE EVERYBODY READING. MY NAME IS LISA AND I HAVE TWO DANE PUP WITH A VERY LARGE HAIRLESS SPOT ON THEIR TAILS. I TRIED TAKING THEM TO THE VET, THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST FROM LAYING ON IT AND PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE TAIL. IT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE WHAT I THOUGHT, SO IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA, PLEASE HELP ME. I ALSO TRIED CLEANING IT AND PUTTING SOME VIT.E OIL ON IT. THAT JUST DID NOT WORK EITHER. IT'S GETTING WORSE EVERYDAY AND I NEED SOME GOOD ADVICE FROM SOMEONE PLEASE.
Hotspots aren't uncommon in our household, especially during late summer and early spring. We treat the hot spots with neosporin, keep the hair brushed and unclumped around the area to facilitate air flow, which helps dry them out. We also verbally correct our dogs when they scratch when they're indoors because we don't want them to develop scratchign/gnawing at themselves as a habit.
It's the scratching more than anything else that aggravates the hot spots. In fact, most hot spots are caused by repeated scratching/biting/gnawing at the same area. You have to keep a close watch on your dog (keep her on a leash right at your side if you have to) and prevent her from scratching that area. An E-collar may be necessary for the times you aren't at home and can't watch her.
It also helps to treat the source of the scratching. For example, hot spot scratching is often initially caused by fleas, or allergies. Fleas are treated easily enough with a Capstar from your vet and some Advantix or Frontline Plus. The allergies is a bit more difficult.
In my experience, neosporin + keeping your dog from scratching will cause the hot spots to go away within a week.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
angel, is there anything oozing from these bald spots, and do they scratch, or try and lick them? My advice is to take them to the vet and have a skin scape done. What do you feed them? Great Danes can sometimes have problems with allergies.