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Koda
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Female Join date : 2009-05-20
Location : Glenville, NY

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PostSubject: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 9:33 pm

So I need help. Koda has formed the biggest hot spot I've ever seen on his chest. It's the size of a golf ball. :'( It is super raw and tender from his licking it. I think it's been irritated for a while but he just licked it raw today (must have, we pet him and coddle him too much and it's too large and in a noticeable spot for us not to have noticed it).

I'm taking him to the vet in the morning and for now I put some triple antibiotic ointment on it and put him in one of John's t-shirts, but does anyone have suggestions or tips on what to do? We just switched him back to TOTW but he was fine on it for years before switching to THK. I can't think of any changes in our environment that could be doing this Sad Maybe the A/Cs in the house from the summer?

I'm one panicked momma and it looks awful. I already covered him or I'd get a picture, but I'm seriously concerned. So any words of advice or experience would be MUCH appreciated!! He's always so healthy for his vet visits.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 9:39 pm

Mya suffered from hot spots OFTEN when she was younger. I don't know what caused it, but the antibiotics and anti itch meds that the vet prescribed cleared it up within a few days.

Actually, Kody has a small one on his hind leg that I discovered yesterday.I don't see him messing with it,but we're definitely keeping an eye on it.

Poor Koda Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 9:50 pm

With the heat we had and the tail end moisture from Himicane Irene don't be surprised if its a fungus infection. No problem vet will take care of that w/o to much trouble or expense.
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Female Join date : 2011-03-07
Location : So. Florida

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 10:14 pm

Ever since our little flea battle, Frankie has been getting hot spots like crazy. It's usually above his tail, so I don't even see for awhile. He actually looks to see where I am to see if he can scratch or not because when I am around he doesn't dare scratch because that means another full body check, lol. I know he doesn't have fleas now, but he just started another hot spot. When we went to the vet he gave him antibiotics for the infection from scratching and prednisone to keep him from itching. I really didn't like the idea of the prednisone, but it helped. Now I try to get the spots early enough before infection and put some hydrocortisone cream on it and cover it up. It has been so rainy here, keeping him dry has been difficult. I think he is allergic to all bug bites in general. I'm trying to manage it the best I can, but rainy season in florida is a mosiquitos heaven.

Please let me know what your vet says. I would love to hear another's opinion, since I wasn't to fond of mine. I hope to see a new vet for our next check up this month.
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Location : Santa Cruz, California

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 10:21 pm

You need to shave (or cut) the fur around the wound as close to the skin as you can with about an inch or 2 away from the wound. This will help it to stop spreading. You can also use some cortisone spray to stop the itch thus preventing him from licking at it. You might need to get an e-collar too. silent The only way that it will heal is if he leaves it alone. We see a lot of hot spots at the clinic this time of year. I got my cortisone spray at CVS, its called "Instant Cooling Itch Relief". hope this helps Very Happy
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Koda
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Koda

Female Join date : 2009-05-20
Location : Glenville, NY

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptyFri Sep 09, 2011 11:42 pm

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your advice and support. The vet opens at 8am tomorrow, so I'll be calling first thing to try and get him in as soon as possible. I feel awful Sad He looks so uncomfortable, but the t-shirt seems to be discouraging the licking so we'll just have to make it through the night.

I thought about giving him some benadryl to help him sleep but we've never given it to him before and I'd hate to give him something while we're going to bed god forbid he reacted to it while we were asleep. Hopefully the poor guy will be able to relax. I'll try to get a picture for the morning, but it looks positively awful Sad I thought he was shot or impaled himself when I first noticed it. It's seriously so red and raw!

Brooke- there's practically no hair left to shave anyway...

Thanks again everyone. You're the best!

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 1:52 am

Hope your vet visit tomorrow goes well tomorrow!! Smile
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Male Join date : 2010-12-22
Location : Portland, OR

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 2:38 am

We are two days ahead of you with a hot spot.
Bodhi had a dime sized hot spot on Tuesday and the next day it was a half dollar.
I took him to the vet Thursday morning.

My vet said that almost every dog in his office the last week he saw was for hot spots.
We are in the hottest part of our summer.
He shaved the spot, gave me antibiotics, prednisone and an e- collar.

Bodhi hates the collar. But the spot isn't raw today. Tomorrow is his last full dose of prednisone.

Interestingly, my vet said if the dog gets wet, husky fur traps the irritation and it festers.
He said salt water is the worst. Bodhi has been swimming a lot lately.

I know it looks awful and it must be very uncomfortable for the dogs, but it will get better.
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Koda
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 10:48 am

Thanks, Michael and Len. That makes me feel a lot better and makes a lot of sense. With all the rain from Irene and then the leftovers from Tropical Storm Lee, we've had almost 2 straight weeks of rain so it's impossible for the dogs not to get wet.

Vet appt is at 10:40. I'll update everyone then. Here are some pictures:

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cmanding

Female Join date : 2010-10-12
Location : Denver, CO

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 11:12 am

I have no experience with hot spots but I'm following this topic to familiarize myself for reference.

I hope Koda's vet visit goes well and he heals up soon!

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Koda
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 1:59 pm

Back from the vet.

The hot spot was at least twice the size of my picture showed after they shaved it Sad he said it could be allergies or even the food protein change that caused the initial irritation. They said we actually caught it early and it should be cleared in a few days.

He spoke with me about topicals and said it was my choice, but that he recommended the more aggressive antibiotics and prednizone because of his recent itching in the past few months and the severity of the hot spot. With the wedding coming up I agreed.

He said if Koda wasn't better by Monday to bring him in on Tuesday. We didn't get an e-collar because the t-shirt was working. They shaved it down and disinfected it. I'll take pictures later.

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Female Join date : 2011-03-07
Location : So. Florida

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 3:03 pm

@jalepeno wrote:
Interestingly, my vet said if the dog gets wet, husky fur traps the irritation and it festers.
He said salt water is the worst. Bodhi has been swimming a lot lately.

That's interesting. We just changed our pool to a salt water system at the end of last year and didn't really use it much til the beginning of this spring. I wonder if that's whats causing all of Frankie's hot spots.

Tori, the antibiotics and prednisone did wonders for Frankie when it was real bad. Now I give him daily full body checks and I usually find it early enough. He doesn't do well with the e collar so I have doggie diapers that I put on him when I leave since it's usually in the rear. The hardest part is getting them to leave the spot alone so it can heal.

I know it's the last thing you need right before your wedding. I think aggressive treatments is a good idea. Good luck, I hope he heals quickly. It's so hard seeing them uncomfortable.
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hollywoodhuskies

Female Join date : 2011-07-24
Location : Los Angeles

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 3:05 pm

Poor Koda! Just a note about the prednisone, it will make the wedding planning more stressful. If there's any way you can hold off and it sounds like the vet made it sound optional, please hold off. It made Chili grumpy, depressed, thirsty and it made him pee every 2 hours. We had to set our alarm every night for every 2 hours to ensure we didn't wake up to Lake Chili (not his fault, prednisone is crazy). Unless it's a life or death situation, I won't give it to my dogs again.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 3:17 pm

I'd rather him not itch so much and have it heal quickly. I work from home so it's really no big deal even if I had to wake up every 2 hours, I'd rather do that then leave for our honeymoon with this still being an issue. Besides, starting in a week and a half I have the whole month off (not by choice) so there will be plenty of time.

Here's a pic of Koda sulking. I don't want to take the shirt off, so I'll get a pic of the shaved spot later.

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Female Join date : 2009-12-13
Location : South Fl

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 3:29 pm

Poor guy Sad Mickey feels his pain! He's a fellow hot spot victim lol

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 3:37 pm

Ouch...that does look painful...poor Koda Sad He'll be fine in a few days though
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 5:21 pm

I know exactly how you feel Crying or Very sad Kale had one on his face last fall... he HAD to have the e-collar cuz he was scratching itwith his back legs... it was gross Sad Glad to hear that it will heal quickly Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 6:10 pm

@hollywoodhuskies wrote:
( prednisone is crazy). Unless it's a life or death situation, I won't give it to my dogs again.

AMEN!!! Been there done that.

Though I'm sure its powerful medicine and of course it works I flinch each and every time I see that word prednisone.

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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 6:55 pm

Shooooo-eeeeee!!! That looks like it smarts. We don't get them often, but it does happen every now and then. So far I've managed to catch them when they're about the size of a dime at most. My solution has always been Bag Balm. That stuff is like duct tape for dogs.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 8:40 pm

@harrise wrote:
My solution has always been Bag Balm. That stuff is like duct tape for dogs.

I never heard of Bag balm so I had to go look it up. I'm going to go buy some tomorrow. Looks like it works great for a number of things. Thanks for the info!
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 10:20 pm

Dee&Frankie wrote:
@harrise wrote:
My solution has always been Bag Balm. That stuff is like duct tape for dogs.

I never heard of Bag balm so I had to go look it up. I'm going to go buy some tomorrow. Looks like it works great for a number of things. Thanks for the info!

I should get this also since Kody has one starting on his back hind leg.

Denise, where do you think they sell that down here?
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 10:51 pm

Bag balm works great when they show wear and tear with the elbow hair loss. Little bit goes a long ways, I've had the same 8 oz. can for 20 years. Antiseptic so its great for any of those ouchies that dogs acquire along the way.

Hell I use to use it on me when my heels and/or hands would get skin cracks in the winter time. Now I use "Working Hands" hand cream which works better.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 11:06 pm

@MelissaI wrote:
Dee&Frankie wrote:
@harrise wrote:
My solution has always been Bag Balm. That stuff is like duct tape for dogs.

I never heard of Bag balm so I had to go look it up. I'm going to go buy some tomorrow. Looks like it works great for a number of things. Thanks for the info!

I should get this also since Kody has one starting on his back hind leg.

Denise, where do you think they sell that down here?

According to online, Walgreens should have it. It said the walgreens near me has it in stock. I'm going to check tomorrow and I will let you know.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySat Sep 10, 2011 11:31 pm

Oooh! I'm going to get Bag Balm too, thanks for the recommendation!
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Spot Help   Hot Spot Help EmptySun Sep 11, 2011 10:56 am

This is also a good one to have on hand:

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