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Ask the Vet About Hot Spots in Dogs and Cats

Hot Spots
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Ask the Vet About Hot Spots (Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jul 7, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scratching

Question:My two Yorkie s Molly Bea's and Mimi have been scatching up a storm. Molly has been dragging her behind and going around in circles on it . I checked then and could not see any fleas because I bathe them in a flea shampoo. I work during the day and can not get to vet. I had not bought the front line for a while so can you assist me. Like yesterday!:-( my babies are miserable and making me miserable with them. PLEASE HELP.

Answer:You can give them oral people Benadryl - dose at 1 mg per pound - like if they are 12 pounds, give them 12.5mg orally about twice a day. Get some strong flea medication on them as soon as you can. Your veterinarian will have much stronger medication if the Benadryl doesn't help much.

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot spot treatment

Question:I have an Italian mastiff cane corso. He has a hot spot on his right cheek. We have been treating it over a week now. Already shaved the hair around the hot spot to allow air to hit it. Constantly cleaning it and putting medication on it. We've also given him Benedryl to keep from scratching. We are getting him a cone today so he won't be able to scratch and open the wound again. What would be the best oral medication to help treat the hot spot from inside?

Answer:If it is thickened much at all, oral antibiotics are probably a good idea, and might be all he needs to finish healing it on up. I would try just antibiotics first before adding steroids or any of the other anti-inflammatory drugs but you might need to add something like that if it stays really itchy. Some of the stronger topical medications like the Genesis spray or others that have an antibiotic + topical steroid may help as well.

Date: Jun 12, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicines

Question:I live in India.Which pills are available for dogs?

Answer:I live in the United States, so I don't know which pills are available in India - call your veterinarian and see what they have. Most of the pills we carry for hot spots require a prescription that you would need from them. You would also need a diagnosis (like mange, allergies, etc) to know which pills would be best. We have topical medications that can help hot spots that don't require a prescription but it is ideal to find out what is causing the hot spots. Malaseb and Malapet shampoos can help. Topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone creams or Genesis spray can help as well. Here is a link to the Genesis spray if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Genesis+Topical+Spray-prod10681.html

Date: May 17, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dog and cat

Question:if a dog has hotspots cat a cat get it, thank you

Answer:Usually not BUT it depends on what caused the hot spot. There are a few things that would be transmissible to the cat like mange and ringworm.

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot spot

Question:How can I treat a hot spot we almost had it gone then he scratched it and opened it up

Answer:Clipping or shaving the hair over the hot spot is always helpful to allow it to "air out". A medicated shampoo like Malaseb that has a pretty strong antibacterial active ingredient and anti-fungal active ingredient will often help. Topical steroids like hydrocortisone can make the hot spot a little less itchy but don't use it for too long because your pet can absorb it just like an oral steroid and have side effects from it. If the hot spot is thickened much at all you will almost always need an oral prescription antibiotic +/- other medications that you will have to get at your veterinarian.

Date: Feb 24, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Others
Topic: ITCHING

Question:MY TEDDY BEAR HAMSTER IS SCRATCHING ALL THE TIME. ANYTHING I CAN DO TO RELIEVE THIS OR IS THIS NORMAL?

Answer:I would take him to local vet for exam and evaluation of hairs/any dander, etc under microscope as could have some sort of mite infection that needs treatment

Date: Feb 15, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat has a Hot Spot

Question:For over 20 months we have been dealing with our cat licking her back (hot spot) open. We have tried Hot Spot medication, dexamethasone, Atopica, and several other medications. She has had two biopsies with no specific answers. She was put on z/d food and almost starved herself to death as she would not eat it and had to have IV fluids for dehydration. She has been in a "cone of shame" so long it is affecting her walk. She has been to a dermatologist and our regular vet, still no answers. She has even been put in a puppy shirt but she is so small she walks out of them. Any ideas?

Answer:As miserable as she is, I would consider a depo-medrol shot. It is a long acting steroid injection so really talk to your veterinarian about side effects and whether that would be a good next step for her. There are other prescription diets out now that she may like better. Royal Canin's Ultamino is supposed to be good (they cut the proteins up into the smallest pieces of any of the allergy diets so it may be the least allergenic), then Blue Buffalo just came out with a prescription allergy diet that is salmon based called HF, and Purina makes a prescription diet as well.

Date: Nov 22, 2013
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin?

Question:My Dog Is Excessively Itching And Chewing. He Is Allergic To Soy. I Have Tried Fish Oil Pills, Salmon Oil Pills, Lotion, And Hot Spot Spray. Nothing I Try Works, How Can I Help Relieve Him Of This Problem.

Answer:May Need To See Vet For Exam And Possible Cortisone Shot Or Pills. Itching Can Have Many Causes.

Date: Jan 22, 2011
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:My Dog Is A Mix Of For Dogs And He About 6 Yrs. Old And He Has Had Hair Loss For The Past 4 Yrs. And I Have Taken Him To Vet. And They Give Him Shots And That Hasnt Worked And I Give Baths. Ever Other Days And I Have Even Cut That Down To Once A Week. The Hair Will Start To Grow Back And Then He Will Do Everything To Get The Hair Off. I Was Going To Try That Hot Spot Stuff To See If That Will Help. But I Just Dont Know If That Will Help. Please Help Me. I Have Had Him From The Day He Was Born. One Other Thing His Skin Smells. Thank You

Answer:Need Workup As To Cause Of Hair Loss, Skin Scrapes For Mites, Ringworm Culture, Etc. Also Consider Allergy Workup At Vet, And/or Changing Diet To Low Allergy Diet To Protein He Has Never Been Fed Before.

Date: Jun 16, 2008
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms

Question:I Have A Seven Year Old Bull Mastiff. He Is Eating Fine And Drinking Plenty Of Water. For A While He Has Been Coughing. No Other Symptoms. Yesterday, He Coughed Up Some Foam With A Red Color Like Blood. Later, In A Few Different Spots It Was Just Blood With No Foam. What Could Be Wrong With Him? as Far As We Know He Has Not Ate Any Bones Or Plastic. He Has Not Been Around Anything Poisionous To Our Knowledge Either. please Give Me A Few Scenarios Of A Speculated Diagnosis. thank You

Answer:Could Be Viral Or Bacterial Infection Or Perhaps Allergy. Also Cant Rule Out Parasites Or Heart Issue Without Physical Exam. I Would Take Him To Vet For Exam And Assessment To Sort This Out.

Date: Mar 1, 2006
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms

Question:The Last Day And Half My Dog Has Been Real Weird Shaking, Breathing Real Heavy, Won't Eat And He Backs Up Instead Of Moving Forward. He Drinks Alot Though. I'm Worried Any Advice? Thanks

Answer:Very General Symptoms Which Could Mean Many Possibilities. Best To Take To Vet For Complete Exam, Blood Work, Etc So I Can More Specifically Advise


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