Hot Spots

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  1. nashnsegersmom

    nashnsegersmom New Member

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    I know this is probably on Chaz a billion places, but I thought I would post and ask anyway. Besides, I haven't talk to my mom today and thought I would say Hi to her as this is the only way I see her anymore...on Chaz!

    Hi Grammy!

    Seger is 6.5 months old, and I forgot how bad hot spots can get on Golden Retrievers. Its under his ear, and is wet. We are taking him in to the vet tomorrow, but what do you use on hot spots? How to prevent? Should we get allergy tests?

    thanks!
     
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    Well now !!! We connect here !!! I know he's on flea and tick stuff and that's usually what caused our hot spots . Clip the hair tonight and apply an antiseptic powder until you vet tomorrow . I'm sure more will add inputs here . Give him a hug from Grammy !!!
     
  3. ~Jessie~

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    What kind of food is Seger being fed? The first thing that I would rule out would be food allergies.

    He is such a cutie, by the way! :D
     
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    Back from the vet....

    she said that she is worried as it popped up so fast and is so bad, that she thinks it might be allergies, which are hereditary so I am checking with the breeder. She gave him cortizone and recommended white vinegar and water solution 10%. He gets neutered on Tuesday so if it isn't better she is also going to check for allergies.

    He is fed the same food since birth......Eagle Pack Holistic Select, but will check with her on that too.

    I hadn't heard of the vinegar solution before though!
     
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    Hot spots mostly arise from scratching/rubbing an intense irritation - that is the physical damage is self inflicted and then all the skin bacteria climb in and have a wonderful time.
    Allergies, food etc are all possibilities but my number one would be an ear infection or mites given its location.

    Anyone look down the ear canal?
     
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    Vet is the best solution, they will figure it out. Sounds likehe is on a good food, does he have fleas that he might have scratched and irritated the spot? Good luck.
     
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    After years of going thru hotspots on both my cats & dogs, I now use a cortisone spray that you can find in any pet store - I use Corti-Care by 8in1. If you get that on them soon enough, that'll take care of it usually. If it's oozing already, I'll put some Neosporin on it, too. I only take them to the vets if it gets to the point of bloody discharge or visible infection.
     
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    fillyone But please, call me Barb

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    Dante has a flea allergy and will get a giant, ugly hot spot above his tail :(
    The best I've found is a 50/50 solution of Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and water.
     
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    nashnsegersmom New Member

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    It's getting better and more info...

    the breeder said no allergies in her line, and the spot in confined to one area behind the ear, in front of the collar.

    He is one prednisone and Gentocin spray and he is quite upset as there were LAKE PLANS for this weekend, but alas, he can not swim yet....sigh.

    Maybe, with a hair dryer, it is still a possibility? He is begging....momma asked if he can dry his hair by himself and he said no.......sigh.....Maybe Nash can do it.
     
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    Hope he can go !!! But if not , Grammy's here !! I'm sure if it's clipped short enough , there'll be no problem .
     
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    I would check with the vet on that one because the hot spot could be vulnerable to any parasites/bacteria in the water, and the prednisone suppresses his immune system.
     
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    we have nixed the lake plans.....

    the hot spot is seeping again.......sigh

    I wonder if I can use the vinegar/water solution in addition to the prednisone and spray??
     
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    It's not going to heal overnight, so it could be a normal discharge. On the other hand, if it's colored at all, or the area is swollen and pink/red, you might want to call the vet back.

    The prednisone is only to stop the itching/scratching cycle; it's not an antibiotic, and it'll take a day or two before the full effect kicks in. I'm not familiar with the spray you're using, tho.

    Did you get this stuff from the vet? If so, I'd call and talk to him/her.
     
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    nashnsegersmom New Member

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    yes all is from the vet...

    the prednisone and Gentocin spray - the actual Hot Spot is getting better today. But we decided Seger won't be going to the lake. It would be too tough for him to try and keep him from the water. So we have a friend that will keep him- she doesn't want him neutered next Tuesday as she wants a pup LOL Nope,..don't worry.

    Grammy you relax, we have Seger covered if we decide to go!~
     
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    HUMPH !!!!!!:mad:
     
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    Bumping this up, because my beagle has one on her cheek.

    I've been using cold compresses and hydrocortisone. Is this ok? Also, could I put some Neosporin on it?
     
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    I've also seen some entries about Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
     
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    The key is to keep him dry dry dry:p It's not easy to do when you have a Golden that LOVES water. Our Golden Baxter literally swims in his water bowl it is a nightmare keeping him dry. He had a hotspot behind his right ear and it was BAD:yikes: when we finally noticed it. We treated it with Gold Bond antibiotic cream and it healed up fine. He is wet more than he is dry but I try to always dry behind and in his ears everyday. I use white vinegar and rubbing alcohol for his ears and I blow dry or towel dry behind his ears. Once he heals you will be able to prevent it from recurring but you have to dry his problem areas after his swims. Good Luck!:)
     
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    Thanks.

    What do hotspots look like when they start to heal? My beagle's hot spot appears to be hardening, sort of like a scab. It's hard to the touch.

    Any thoughts?
     
  20. bubbatd

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    Yes, they tend to look like a scab as they dry out .
     

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