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    Hello I have some elderley friends that have a 10 year old dog that has over the last 2 years developed a skin issue that has here chewing herself until all the fur is gone and blood is showing. It only seems to be happening in summer and as such fleas were suspected. She has been taken to the vet 3 or 4 times and been given tablets and a medicated shampoo to be used every 3 days but it does not cure the problem. Ans as they are old and on a pension heading off to the vets every time she chews herself is financially impossible. The por thing is left with a plastic cone collar for most of the hotter months. Her bedding has been replaced with a suspended frame setup with nylon shade cloth mesh so fleas should not be breading in there. Any opinions would be gratefully recieved.[ATTACH][ATTACH]cindy3.jpg[/ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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    I can't imagine how stressful for the dog and owners!!

    It looks like flea problem if I understood your post correctly. Do you know what meds given to the dog? Fleas are not easy to get rid of...With my experience I am not sure if it is wise to bath that often when there is a flared spot...Perhaps experienced members can give you some idea. Good luck.
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    Looks like a hotspot to me, but surely a vet would have picked that up if it was one.
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    What is a hotspot? I musty admit that I have little confidence in their vet but they are old and have always used the same vet and have a loyalty to him.
    I will try to get someinformation on what medication she was given and get back to you all.

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    Hello I cant find out what the medication was that was used on her last summer but I did drop by and wash her every 3 days with a medicated shampoo call PHOHEX made by Dermcare, It was bought fro the vets and was used in conjunction with the 2 tablets the dog was given daily.
    She has an exelpet flea collar on now and prior to that she was treated with flea drops ( back of head and down spine )_unfortunately the owners cant remember the brand name, it was however only bought from a supermarket.

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    Hot spots are also known as summer sores and are most common on dogs with allergies, matted or thick fur or dogs that have been bitten by an insect(fleas, ticks, mozzies etc.). Its caused by continuous licking or itching.
    If it is a hot spot, the vet needs to shave the area, thoroughly clean it and then prescribe some antibiotics.

    I suggest your friend visits another vet for a second opinion. I understand no one is made of money, but hot spots are very uncomfortable for dogs.
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    Hi I have just found out the tablets the dog was given was prednisolone 20mg
    three times a day.

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    Ahhh yes, thats the one for hotspots.
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    Agree it's a hotspot
    Activated Manuka Honey works well. But that's expensive.Has anti bacterial properties in it.
    Betadine also works well.
    The Exelpet flea collar wont do anything and nor will the supermarket spot ons.

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    thanks for your input everyone its much appreciated

    would it be more likely to be triggered by fleas? I have talked to the owners and they are open to flea bombing the area the dog sleeps in. As for the flea collar and drops not being any use is there a product that would be successfull for fleas.
    thanks again.
    Last edited by artrix; 10-06-2010 at 11:20 PM.

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