|08-24-2014 08:56 AM|
|llombardo||My golden got a bad rash under his neck from swimming and not drying . No swimming and antibiotics cleared it up pretty quick. My male GSD also had an issue in the same spot as yours. They couldn't find a flea or anything indicating he had fleas so chalked it up to a hyper sensitivity to fleas. They gave him the shot to stop the itching and antibiotics. They also recommended that he stayed confined to one area outside to help, which really isn't realistic. I use the Scalibor collar with great success and I combined that with Nexgard for him for a month. Have you seen yours itching or chewing in the area? That's how I knew with mine, but I was uncertain because I could never find a single flea anywhere. I try not to give them to much stuff, so now I watch if he is itching and will only add the Nexgard if needed and the 30 days from last dose is up. It heals good, the hard part would be to keep them from biting at it, which makes it worse.|
|08-24-2014 08:27 AM|
It should clear up just fine if you finish the medication as directed. Zeke has had several hot spots - the last one was a large area covering the complete underside of his neck caused by leaving a large leather flat buckle collar on for 48 hours (either a reaction to the leather or moisture trapped under the collar)
Sadly many german shepherds are prone to skin issues, especially hot spots. So it could potentially be a reoccurring problem. But I would not worry about that now.
Make sure the area stays clean and dry. if you have a large flea problem in your area make sure to give your dog appropriate preventative. When he swims, make sure that he is dry. Lots of towel drying, or even using a blow dryer or commercial grooming dryer.
|08-24-2014 05:59 AM|
The prednison and cephalexin will take care of any infection. It should all clear up fine-just be sure to give the meds as prescribed and to finish them.
There are any number of different things that can cause hot spots (stress, allergies, fleas, irritants) so it could be a result of fleas compounded by not getting fully dry after swimming. Some dogs just get them if they're outside a lot during hot weather months and there's not much you can do about it. Try towel drying after he's done just to be sure he's getting dry. I would keep him out of the pool for now until that wound has healed a bit more-try to keep it dry.
As far as the Nexgard is concerned, it's only recently been approved by the FDA (like the end of last year?) I believe. I don't personally have any experience with it. Maybe others here can answer how it's worked for them.
|08-24-2014 04:30 AM|
|08-24-2014 04:28 AM|
Will this eventually go away? It covers a pretty large surface area, and I'm nervous.
|08-24-2014 03:22 AM|
KIt looks like a hot spot. Could likely be fleas, that is a common area. That is also a common area for numerous other causes because that's where fur tends to be the thickest. Many double coated dogs that swim a lot don't completely dry off and can tend to get hot spots in that area. My own zeke did, with his thick coat we never realized he wasn't completely drying after swimming. So if he swims a lot that could be a likely cause.
That yellow spot looks like raw skin and potentially pus from an infection - looks just like a hot spot. Dogs with hot spots are usually put on antibiotics so I'm assuming that's the medicine you are talking about? We rarely put anything on the actual rash - you just want it staying clean and dry. Dry being key. We usually scrub it with an antiseptic when it's shaved but nothing more besides oral antibiotics
|08-24-2014 03:06 AM|
|my boy diesel||
it could be stained from the yellow ooze and just work its way off
so they gave antibiotics and flea meds?
what is the name of the pills they gave?
|08-24-2014 02:56 AM|
|08-24-2014 02:54 AM|
|08-24-2014 02:29 AM|
|llombardo||I would go to another vet to make sure there are no other issues. The base of the tail like that usually does indicate fleas. Were any fleas of ticks found on the dog?|
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