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    Hi, I have and 9 month great dane x bullmastiff x bull arab, I took him to the vets 2 days ago and the vet told me that he had a hot spot, gave him antibiotics, yesterday i noticed that he got another one, so i shaved the area to air it out, now today i have noticed it has gotten darker in colour in one spot. I would like to know if there is anyway of helping it take its course?
    If anything it seems as though they are getting worse.

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    keeping it dry is important. We got spray from the vet to put in it. keep the fur clear of it. They are a pain in the rear end. If they are not looking good after a few days of antibiotics I would head back up to the vet. Ours used to give an injection to our boy as well as antibiotics. Perhaps he is making it worse by scraching we also got given tablets to stop the irritation so they dont scratch

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    Pardon my ignorance but what is a Hot Spot????

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    A hot spot is a focal area of skin infection, called superficial pyoderma. In appearance, it is red, moist and usually roughly circular. They can appear very quickly (within a couple of hours) and are intensely irritant to the animal.Once the itching starts, it becomes a self-reinforcing cycle so that even if the initial stimulus is removed, the skin irritation remains. Through self-trauma a dog can create a raw wound the size of a bread and butter plate within an afternoon.
    Excessive licking or chewing leading to skin inflammation and surface infections (bacterial and/or yeast). Initial triggers include allergies (to fleas, foods, or inhaled substances) and, less commonly, skin irritation,fleas, mites, and ear infections. Some dogs lick or chew themselves when they are bored or stressed. Other risk factors include a heavy coat and hot, humid weather.

    A friends dog has recovered from surgery but also suffers from food allergies.
    He has developed a hot spot on his face and is taking it's time to heal.
    Treatment can vary depending on severity and the dogs response to treatment.
    Last edited by molly33; 09-01-2010 at 09:36 PM.

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    Bathe 3-4 times daily in salt solution.

    Get a cup of warm water and dissolve about a teaspoon of salt in it.
    Take a cotton ball and bathe the spot in it.
    Dry thoroughly afterwards.

    The salt helps dry the wound up much quicker and bathing regularly helps prevent infections. Don't worry, the salt solution is mild enough so it doesn't sting if you only use a teaspoon.

    Got rid of my boys hot spot really quick.

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    Yep, salt baths (mild salt so it doesn't sting). Have a think about diet - has he eaten anything different lately?

    An old dog of mine used to get terrible ones until we figured out he was sensitive to beef. I'd never heard of it but it's very common. Wheat and beef are two common culprits in sensitivities that can result in hot spots.

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    Hi,

    I am in the same shoe...

    Any skin infection worries me as both my boys seem to have sensitive skin. my minis is worse. I noticed some spots which shows some signs of irritation but already dried out (scabs) He is one of dogs who never complains of anything......

    Sorry not much help to you but hope the pup gets better
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowStaff View Post
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a Hot Spot????
    here is a pic of one of Macks when he had one, this was before treatment and when it was only small, they spread really really quick!!

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    Hi all thank you for your posts. It is all well now i had shaved the area and use warm salty water on it plus he was on anibitoics, which didnt seem to be working, the vet had also found a bactiria infection in his small intestine so he went on different antibiotics which had cleared his hot spot up, he seems to be so much happier now. thank you again

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    One of my dogs has just had her second hot spot in as many years. At least I thought they were hot spots. The way you guys describe them sounds much more dramatic. Pepper starts licking the spot and wont leave it alone unless I demand she does so. Within a few days the damage is done, there is a bald spot and she leaves it alone. A couple of months later and the hair is back. I washed her with medicated shampoo the first time but last time I left it alone and it seemed to make no difference.

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