Angel had a hot spot last summer and had to get it shaved and get medicine from the vet. I'm pretty sure Holly has one now and will be taking her to the vet tomorrow. Does anyone know what really causes hot spots??

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Comment by Angel, Holly, & Mere on May 12, 2011 at 1:09pm
just got back from the vet a little bit ago... she's a conehead!
Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on May 12, 2011 at 2:39am
Once you've been through it once with the vet you'll probably feel more at ease with handling it yourself if the problem pops up again, that's how I did it.
Comment by Angel, Holly, & Mere on May 12, 2011 at 2:26am

hahaha the cone of shame.

 

she will be going to the vet tomorrow... probably will be the most expensive way to take care of it but the fastest and easiest for me!

Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on May 12, 2011 at 2:01am

You can get some veterinary hot spot spray from most pet stores. My late Corgi pal Watson used to get hot spots now and again but his sister never did.  Go figure.  Anyway, when I got the spray I read the label and it turns out it's pretty much the same stuff as hydrocortisone anti-itch spray for humans.  As E-A noted below, a careful cleaning then treatment with the meds clears things up but the hard part can be keeping your furry friend from licking and perpetuating or worsening the irritation.  Sometimes I had to resort to the dreaded cone of shame.  For shaving fur (and trimming toe fur as needed) I bought a cheap, battery powered trimmer that's worked well for about ten years now.

Comment by Angel, Holly, & Mere on May 11, 2011 at 11:48pm
thanks!!
Comment by Exinilda Enna on May 11, 2011 at 9:33pm
Hot spots are basically a skin irritation that has been irritated by either constant scratching or licking..it can start from something small as a bug bite but if left untreated can become infected and inflamed; hence the name. the best way to deal with them is to shave the area, clean with betadine (mix a little with sterile water) and you can either spray an anti itch medicated spray or put some neosporin on it.. You can probably talk to your vet so you have some meds on hand and you can treat it as soon as they appear.. hope this helps!

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