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    Asher has been scratching at a spot on his neck and has worn the hair away. It looks raw and sore. I've been treating with peroxide - it is fizzy which suggests there is infection there. Yesterday it was looking moist and pussy but today looks dryer but red from his constant scratching. Then I rub some bepathum on it which is an antiseptic ointment for minor skin irritation, and soothing agents for babies. Not sure it warrants a vet trip but wondering what you use for skin irritations to heal and sooth. I've tried syringing iodine onto the spot but Asher won't lay down so I can cover the wound properly. He doesn't like me doing anything with it. As soon as he sees me with a syringe or tube of cream in my hand he puts on the big sad eyes and won't come near me I have to follow him and hold him where I want him just so I can put some ointment on it.
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    What you are describing is probably a "hot spot"

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    Here are some pics. First photo is when I first noticed it 2 days ago, now its much redder, although dryer, and bigger.



    Does this look like a hot spot?
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    kinda looks like the one our dog got

    can you shave the area?

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    Definately looks like a hot spot. Is it sore?

    You need to clear the hair away from it, wash the area with water and some sort of antiseptic. Do this everyday, if you see no improvement, he'll have to be put on antibiotics and/or an anti imflammatory called cortisone.

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    yep...needs to be shaved to stop the hair from sticking

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    Thank you for the quick responses. I am presuming it is sore as Asher does not like me looking at it. When I put stuff on it he tries scratching it off. I will see how my treatments work - while it looks red and larger the look of the wound itself is looking better than it was. The cream I am using has a product called Chlorhexadine in it which is a very popular remedy for skin conditions and burns on reptiles. I also have some pure chlorhexadine in liquid form which you can only get from vet with a consult. I'll give that just a day or two, no sign of improvement I will get him into the vet. I don't know how he will go, but we have to try. He is very sooky and/or fearful when it comes to wanting to do anything like treatments, baths etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mydogau View Post
    Thank you for the quick responses. I am presuming it is sore as Asher does not like me looking at it. When I put stuff on it he tries scratching it off. I will see how my treatments work - while it looks red and larger the look of the wound itself is looking better than it was. The cream I am using has a product called Chlorhexadine in it which is a very popular remedy for skin conditions and burns on reptiles. I also have some pure chlorhexadine in liquid form which you can only get from vet with a consult. I'll give that just a day or two, no sign of improvement I will get him into the vet. I don't know how he will go, but we have to try. He is very sooky and/or fearful when it comes to wanting to do anything like treatments, baths etc.
    Peroxide stings when applied...might not be the best thing for a red raw sore.

    Try and have a look at the link I posted...you might get some good info

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    Yowsa! That looks pretty sore, no wonder he doesn't like you going near it.

    If it was me I'd be bathing it with a weak saline solution to clean it (and yes if you can clear the hair from the area do so), followed by betadine gel (I think it's beyond pawpaw ointment), or if you have some, Neocort cream (I'm not sure if you can get this over the counter or you have get a vet to dispense it). I'd be doing this 2-3 times a day.

    You need a way to stop him scratching it, his nails will be undoing any good that your attempts have had. Perhaps a bandanna or even a rolled up towel or something. Anything that stops those nails getting to it! A nice big bone that keeps him occupied for a few hours may also distract him.

    If it's not clearing up within a few days then a vet visit will be in order.

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    I now have some cortozone tablets for him and have started using betadine. I had some left over from Tigga who was allergic to fleas and advised to use them. I only have the liquid betadine but will stop at chemist when I drop kids off to get some of the gel. I have to agree the gel would be better. The liquid one soaks into the cotton wool and I barely get any on him. He won't lay down so I can do it, and already have someone holding his head so I can do as much as I'm doing. But he gets a treat when its all done just to make sure he still loves me....lol

    My mum suggested medipulv powder. She swears by it. Has anyone else heard of this? Its a human medical powder, but I can still get the neocort if you recommend it would be the best.
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