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    Brock has had a couple of patches of scabby skin lately that the vet diagnosed as hotspots. A course of antibiotics and the first one cleared up but the second one has flared again. I'm dabbing salt water onto the spot regularly to try and fix it, but my question is, given it's on his lower jaw, is it safe to use betadine? I'm concerned he'll lick the betadine and poison himself. Anyone?

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    I personally wouldn't be too worried about using betadine. A quick google search came up with a few answers, this is one of them. Seems a dilute solution is perfectly safe -

    I put betadine on my dog's cut and she licked it? - Yahoo Answers

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    Have a look at this link 'mymatejack' !

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...hot-spots.html

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    With hotspots, the key is to keep them dry. A lot of the creams etc that vets give out help with the actual bacteria but keep them way too moist. My parents dog gets bad hotspots everytime she gets wet (try keeping a GR away from water!) and they swear by using isocol rubbing alcohol (the little green bottle you get from first aid section of supermarket). It's strong enough to kill all the bacteria but also dries them out very quickly

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. I had done some searching Riley but hadn't read that thread ... honestly until Brock got these patches I had no idea what a hotspot was! The salt water is starting to work so I might give the betadine a miss and pick up some isocol rubbing alcohol next time i'm at the supermarket(thanks Kristy)

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    Hows Brock doing mate ?. Hope your having a win.

    I just noticed one under Mojos belly near his front leg......bugger !!!!


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    Jut spoke to a friend who breeds and shows Rough Collies and she recommended using watered down Listerine mouth wash ....the brown one for some weird reason. I've started using it tonight and will let you guys know if it works.


    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
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    DONT SIC YOUR DOGMA ON ME !

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    Hey Sean,

    Been soaking his spots in sea water at the beach each day and that has been drying them out, but they keep coming back. So next step is to stop being a tight arse and i'll be feeding him eukanuba for a while to see if that changes things. Frustrating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Hey Sean,

    Been soaking his spots in sea water at the beach each day and that has been drying them out, but they keep coming back. So next step is to stop being a tight arse and i'll be feeding him eukanuba for a while to see if that changes things. Frustrating!
    Don't change his main food that you are feeding him on now - until you can work out what has happened and what is causing the hot spots !

    So - some questions !

    Are you feeding him on the same brand of dry food - and no changes - from when you got him ?

    Have you changed anything that you are feeding him ?

    What has changed in your life since you got him ?

    Are you the only one that feeds him ? Don't forget to take into account snacks and titbits that others think are OK to feed to your pup !

    Hot spots for me with my pups used to mean - heaps of preservatives and food colouring in the stuff that they were fed.

    Cut that out - and everything was fine !

    Just a suggestion !

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    Hey Riley,

    Nothing has changed at all and that's the puzzling thing. He was fed Purina supercoat by the breeder and that's what i've continued with(I know it's not the highest quality food but the vet said it was quite ok) plus he gets human grade beef mince here and there plus chicken drumsticks, lambshanks etc(all human grade from the supermarket). He only has the two spots, but yesterday I noticed the one on top of his head(the one we got antibiotics for) has started to break again so I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve vets and medication. Salt water is keeping them under control and will probably fix them if i keep it up, but there is obviously some underlying reason that while salt water cures the symptoms, it's not curing the underlying cause.

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