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01-17-2014 08:50 AM
Liesje Coke gets them and the best thing is to remove the hair around it (cut it and shave it if he'll let me) and just leave it be. I don't put anything on it other than initially cleaning it gently with warm water. The more I put on it, the more he wants to lick it which makes it spread. If I can get the hair away from the spot, he will leave it alone and it will scab over quickly. I only put him on meds if it's a large spot that looks really inflamed, still spreading, and is at risk of touching/involving something else like an eye, ear, anus, etc.
01-17-2014 08:43 AM
travistee I tried apple cider vinegar and vetercyn.I'm not sure if they help much. Hydrocortisone cream seems to work fairly quickly.
01-15-2014 03:40 PM
Nigel Tuke had one on her back, looked like a small scratch/abrasion on Halloween, but a day or so later it quadrupled, even with vetericyn. Didn't shave it though, just periodically hit the spot with vetericyn and it started healing up and shrinking by about day 5. Keeping the dog from messing with it is key, even after putting a cone on her, the other dog would lick the area, had to keep them seperate for a few days.
01-15-2014 02:31 PM
Blanketback I'd take him in too. My vet shaved the area and gave me some medicated gel for the really bad weeping hot spots. I also bought some veterycin (the one specially made for hot spots) to apply after the 3 days were up, and to treat a smaller one that developed. I think if it's just a tiny bit of matted fur then you can clip it back and control it, like I did, but if it's a major problem a vet should see it. IMO.
01-15-2014 02:09 PM
Neko Carmen I love the product, it just did not help fast enough in our case. I do use it for even flea bites and it's awesome. But hot spot was getting worse by the minute until we got the other thing and it made difference within a few hours. I am sure its case by case wound by wound basis =0) maybe its the gel/ moisture that helped so it did not dry out and itch and Zeus left it alone. Who knows. I do agree that I love the fact that it is so safe.
01-15-2014 01:53 PM
carmspack Vetericyn - anti bacterial , anti viral , anti fungal Vetericyn - Wound and Infection Treatment - Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial

It is not chlorine which would kill tissue
"Vetericyn is a strong oxidant - it disrupts the cell structure of the pathogens (germs) and adds oxygen to the wound area, speeding healing times. "

I know this product having used it on gashes from fence wire , scraped knees , cuts etc . on myself --

Not only that it is safe for ears and eyes .
Vetericyn One-step wound and skin care that works naturally with your animal's immune system
01-15-2014 01:35 PM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
I wouldn't use the Sentry product AND the vetericyn together.
I believe Vetericyn is the better product and that there are instructions to not clean the area before , apply , leave it alone . There is something which encourages tissue regrowth without scaring .
They cover two different types of antimicrobial and one is antibacterial. They dont interact as veteracyn is just chlorine... It does not treat anything it just disinfects the area so it can heal. But as I said I am clueless I let my doctor figure out the meds. All I know that the vets use veteracyn RX after a surgery and than add medicine on top of it that can get absorbed.

You can call teh vet and ask, say that you have a hotspot and if you can try these two or 1 products. I love veteracyn, but it did not help alone.
01-15-2014 01:34 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD View Post
Thank you both for the quick replies. I'd like to try and treat it myself to save money, but then again, I don't want to make it worse by doing the wrong thing if it's not a hot spot.
Can you post a picture?
01-15-2014 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by GSDAlphaMom View Post
I honestly don't recall, that was several years ago. I don't think it was long though. I keep neosporin powder (from vet) on hand now for ER wound treatment. It dried it out pretty quickly. From re-reading the thread the top half was improving the next day. THey had to save the side of his face to treat it. He probably got a steriod shot as well. It's not uncommon for them to go from dime size to huge in a matter of hours.
The one Zeus got on his back last week, same thing happened. Tiny spot and by the time I got home from work it smelled, was huge and I had to clip the hair away as short as I could. We cleaned it with veteracyn, got the gel from the store and gave him antihistamine to chill... The next day it looked better. It's been 3 days and it's no longer red, dry skin is flaking off and looks like it's healing very well. I stopped the gel yesturday and apply veteracyn twice a day. I also don't rub it and just pet it dry. I was so scared the moment I saw it, but looked it up, acted calm and took control over it Yeah! super mom!
01-15-2014 01:31 PM
carmspack I wouldn't use the Sentry product AND the vetericyn together.
I believe Vetericyn is the better product and that there are instructions to not clean the area before , apply , leave it alone . There is something which encourages tissue regrowth without scaring .
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