Hi, I'd just like a little advice if you have a few moments.
I was planning on heading down to Sydney on Wednesday with my 14wk puppy to stay with my mother, who has a Jack Russel Terrier. She lived in the NT until a few weeks ago, and when she came back from holidays the dog had what looked like a small semi-healed wound on the side of her rump. Over a week or two this grew to look red and raw with a darker mark where the "wound" had been, and the hair fell out, at some stage there was pus. The dog licked at bit at it a lot. We took the cats to a vet on an unrelated thing and while there just got someone to have a quick look at the dog and they said it was a hot spot but it should be fine.
Its been about a month or so now and I was just speaking to my mother on the phone and apparently the spot on the left side is healing and hair is growing back but a new one has popped up on the right side, and while she was looking at the dog she thought she may have saw some kind of insect (her eyesight is a little dodgy) and is worried it could be mites. I have been looking it up online and have seen that some people say that mange and hot spots can seem similar and hard to tell apart. Now I am somewhat worried that her dog has mange and will give it to my poor little puppy.
Does this sound like a hot spot or mange? I told her to take it to the vet but she is going to go on a medical wash thing and do all this other stuff which is all very well for her but if her dog has contagious mange I do not want my puppy around it. Is there anyway I can tell or something? Are these symptoms of mange? The dog has been around some other dogs a fair few times, and they haven't come down with something similar, nor have the cats she lives with. I'm just really worried.