|10-01-2013 12:34 PM|
My dog, lab/retriever boxer mix used to get hot spots every summer. This year he got none. I've used the same food and he gets wet everyday and it's been a really hot summer and it is always humid here.
My trick is douse the dog every 2 weeks with neem oil.(even every 1 week when my dogs mix with dogs with fleas) It has worked a treat. No fleas, no hotspots and no mange on my other dog. Coats are really nice. No cysts either and no elbow marks. They call it the village pharmacy in India and I can see why.
What I used to do with hot spots was scrub with a dry towel and then apply Iodine or rubbing alcohol to disinfect. This does seem to cure them too but they keep reappearing in other places. Any scabs I'd soak with the Iodine and rub off when soft or just scratch them off.
|10-01-2013 12:24 PM|
I have an aussie who breaks out in these nasty 'sores', I wouldn't catagorize them as hot spots, he gets itchy in a spot, becomes raw, nasty, *****, oozy..he only gets them certain times of the year, like now I see possibly one starting..
I clip the area around the sore, and apply Vetericyn sometimes 3 times a day..When they scab over, the scab is like "tar", (road tar),,if I pick it off the skin underneath is clean and new..
My vets have tried all kinds of 'stuff' on him, it doesn't work..What I do above seems to..At one point I put him on Purina (and I dont like purina), Sensitive skin/stomache, it's salmon based but has a high fat content, he did pork on the pounds even tho he is an active dog, but his skin and coat were gorgeous..
Just thought I'd share my story, I like the vetericyn and use it for EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.
|10-01-2013 11:24 AM|
Hot Spots - The bane of mine and Zeus' existence.
It's been a very long time since I have posted here but I have been around lurking. Zeus is five years old now going on six and always seemed to be pretty healthy dog up until just recently. Within the last year or two Zeus has developed some pretty bad skin issues and I am at wit's end trying to figure it out and I am miserable seeing my poor pup miserable.
I have noticed a pattern that he only seems to break out severely during the humid months of Spring to Summer since I live on the Gulf Coast even with Zeus being an indoor dog and only going out to use the bathroom or for his walks. Steroids and antibiotics both seem to help so I am thinking that this is an inflammatory reaction with a secondary infection because his hot spots do have puss and they bleed. They are located along his chest and belly, his shoulder, his neck right behind the ears, and along his back. I am currently treating with medicated shampoo, and I have switched his food countless times to hypoallergenic foods, I no longer allow him on the tile without a blanket just in case it's a contact allergy with the cleaner, I clean his wounds with an antiseptic wash and then I have a spray from the vet as well as a hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and water mixture and then I spray witch hazel on top of that because it's supposed to help with itching? (I personally haven't found that at all) Sometimes I use an antibiotic topical instead. I also treat with 50 mg of benedryl but I find that doesn't really help much for the itching either.
He doesn't have fleas, my dad bathes him thoroughly to check for that because that was part of the initial thought process that maybe he did even though he is indoors so much and the vet thought that as well. Every time we bring him in they want to put him on a highly expensive medicine that I just cannot afford. It also seems like every time I get one patch of skin to start to heal another place gets aggravated. Is it possible he could have something underneath? I fear he might have something like Lupus even if his skin irritations are not in the classic places as I have my own chronic illness and it did not present classically either. I guess I am asking to pick your brain as far as what I can do for him. I am looking into Vetericyn, does anyone have any experience with it? I am also looking to get him some salmon oil with vitamin E, and just continuing to keep it clean and grooming him. I am looking into Neem oil but I would appreciate any insight you can give me. Aloe vera shampoos did not work for him, oatmeal baths didn't work. Also can anyone recommend anything for the itching? If I could get him to stop that would help tremendously as well.