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    Puppy (New Member) trudge22's Avatar

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    Exclamation Hot spot trouble! Please help!

    I have a 4 year old Great Pyrenees female. I live in the south where it's been pretty hot lately, but she spends most of her time in the house enjoying the air conditioning. She gets walked frequently and has access to a fenced in back yard. I recently started her on flea medicine. I bathe her weekly and blow-dry her until she's completely dry. I feed her Purina One True Instinct (venison blend)… I don't know what I'm doing wrong Every time a hot spot heals another one appears. She has been wearing the cone of shame when no one is able to supervise for the past month, but she has just figured out she can reach her tail around the cone. Now she has a fresh wound on her tail and 4 other healing hot spots. I have noticed tiny red spots no bigger than 1cm generalized over her skin when I'm blow drying her, I'm not sure what's causing it. If it's an allergic reaction I have no earthly idea what it could be. The food she eats has been the same for the past year and her hot spots have just recently popped up over the past month. I haven't seen fleas on her when I wash her, but I know one of my cats has fleas. I'm getting so frustrated with her chewing, I know she's miserable and there seems to be nothing I can do about it. Help?Click image for larger version. 

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member)

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    what i have used in the past is benadryl, 1 pill every 4 to 8 hours and cortizone-10 spray for the spot. i would talk to your vet prior. but this is what mine recommended. it could also be environmental reason for hot spot also. my first dog seemed to get them when pine pollen was present. best of luck.


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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) Shaggys Mom's Avatar

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    The dreaded hot spot. Golden Retrievers seem to have a bad time with them--I had goldens for 25 years. My girl KayCee was allergic to pine and live oak pollen and we are surrounded by both. She also was allergic to fleas and Bermuda grass. She would get nasty hot spots several times a year. At first I was taking her to the vet every time and he finally told me to stop wasting my money. Clip her fur back where none would stick to the spot, scrub with hydrogen peroxide, let it dry and then sprinkled with Gold Bond Powder (yellow can). The thing is the spot has to be kept dry and no fur stuck to it to keep it moist and oozy under the fur. Also, Benedryl. One cap for each 25 pounds. She was 75 pounds and I would give her 2, tho she could have 3. Also, the cone. IF I could keep her litter mate brother, Hunter, from licking a face wound, she healed up nicely. And strange thing, after she was older, the hot spots came less often.,

    Hunter had about one or two a yer until his death at 4 yrs. 2 months due to reaction to ProHeart6 injection. Never knew what set his off. His treatment was the same as KayCee's. Buck only ever had them 2 times in his 12 yers, same treatment. This subject comes up very often on the golden retriever forum I belong to, and one thing all ofus on there have in our "doggy first aid kit" is the Gold Bond powder.None of my other 3 goldens nor either of my Pyrs ever had a hot spot. Good luck.
    Jerry and Moose

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