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    Hey there everyone.

    I am really worried about my Kelpie, she seems to have what looks like hot spots but everything that I have seen on hot spots say that it spreads rapidly which these haven't.
    They look like sores of some kind, I am taking her to the vet tomorrow as they are scaring me but was just wondering if anyone else has had hot spots and what it looks like so I know if I am on the right train of thought with this.

    She isn't acting any different and it doesn't seem to be hurting her unless I touch it but the fact that she had one and now she has a few more in other spots is what has worried me the most. They are mainly around the neck and there is one on her tail which she tried to lick all the time.

    I have been putting Neocort on them and it seems to be helping from what I can see but just thought I would get other dog owners opinions on the matter =]

    Sorry if it sounds like rambling I just get worried about my baby =]

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    Neither of my dogs have had hot spots before. There are some members on here who've had trouble with hot spots though, so they may be able to give you some more accurate info than me.

    I work at a vet though, so I see those kinds of things fairly regularly. Most of the hot spots I've seen have been like this or worse...

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    What do the wounds on your girl look like? Got a pic?

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    Yeah I do, This is what it looks like now that I have been putting Neocort on it. She has a few of them that are around her neck. The second one is one on her tail and I am trying so hard to stop her licking it.

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    Her fur on her belly is also thinning as well which is strange =[

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    Glad you're going to the vet with those Tashie

    Neocort usually helps with skin infections - bacterial and fungal

    So does aloe vera (squeezed straight from the cactus "leaf")

    And aloe vera tastes like bitter bitter - even dogs don't like that taste so it helps reduce licking. In large quantities it is toxic but most dogs won't eat it. mine certainly won't.

    How long has your dog had the rash / spots?

    Is she inside or outside?

    Has it been humid / damp / raining where she is (more chance of fungal infection)

    Does she spend a lot of time on grass? Especially rolling or belly dragging - cos that can lead to rashes - tho my dog's is usually red, dry and puckered ugly looking from that. She got neocort for that one too - but the best remedy was stopping her from belly dragging on the grass.

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    Shes had it for maybe a week now so not to long. I just had to wait till I got paid before I could get her to the vet.

    She is outside most of the time and she was always laying underneath a tree which we thought might be the problem so we got rid of it.

    It has been extremly humid and hot here could that be a factor??

    The neocort in my opinion has helped them and made them a bit better =]
    I hope the vet says its nothing to serious.

    She doesnt rub her belly that I see but she does like to roll around sometimes. Would that cause fur thinning on her belly??

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    Yeah turns out they were hot spots, we have some anti biotics for ten days and then we have to go back. my poor baby girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashie View Post
    Yeah turns out they were hot spots, we have some anti biotics for ten days and then we have to go back. my poor baby girl
    Hope she gets better soon!

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    Awesome thank you all heaps =]

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    Glad you got some help Tashie

    Do give us an update in a couple of weeks and let us know if it's healing up ok...

    Any ideas on what caused the hot spots and if you will be able to prevent them coming back?

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    A quick update for you all, they are clearing up so well even after 2-3 days on antibiotics. The vet said that hot spots are caused by a skin infection that is common in dogs and there isn't much of a way to prevent them but making sure that when the puppy's get washed or play in water to make sure that they are dried off completely because bacteria gets trapped in there fur (Mainly in dogs that have dense fur). It can also be if they rub themselves in dirt or get grass seeds in their fur as well. And when the dogs scratch or lick somewhere too long it causes them as well.

    The vet said it is quite a common thing and it is easily treated, which is such a good thing =]

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