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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: Dec 5, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: WHO WILL DO MY DOG'S HAIR TRANSPLANT?

Question:My vet said my dog's fur will not grow back because the hot spot damaged his hair follicles. Is there a vet willing to do a hair transplant?

Answer:I have not heard of "hair transplant" in vet medicine. You can consider oral supplement like melatonin at dose of 3 to 6 mg twice daily which can sometimes help with pigment changes of skin and/or hair growth . Dose would depend on size of dog. Also ask your vet for referral to vet dermatologist in your area if vet is stumped on this

Date: Dec 4, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itch ing

Question:My dog has food allergies I've tried Benadryl spray and pills gave him a bath what else can I do

Answer:This is a great article to read if your dog has allergies - it goes over many treatment options for allergies, starting with avoiding allergens: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Nov 12, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin bump

Question:My dog has a bright red bump, pretty small, on his under side been bloody today. Should I bring him in to jave it looked at

Answer:It's probably ideal to have it looked at especially because I can't see it and if it continues to bleed it probably needs some attention.

Date: Oct 22, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Open wound

Question:My Chihuahua/poodle has a pretty large wound. Its from having her harness on for too long and maybe from ger pulling/tuggung. Its pretty fresh. I dont have money for tge vet and was hopping i could csre her back to health. She isn't showing any signs of pain, only of i hold or pick her up from there. Its kinda under her armpit area on her frobt left side. I bought some antiseptic spray and cream. Will this be enough for her? I could send a pic if you'd like. Thank you for any help you can provide. Tim and Ivette

Answer:It's always more ideal for your veterinarian to check her out but that might be enough for her to heal - especially since you know what caused it (the harness). Many times just removing the irritant/foreign body embedded in the skin is enough to air it out and heal on it's own.

Date: Oct 20, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heat Cycle Hot Spots & Chasing Tail

Question:My dog is coming out of heat and this is only her second time. She has been chasing her tail constantly and keeps biting it. There is also a hot spot on it. She did this the first time she was in heat as well. Why is she doing this, and is it normal?

Answer:It's odd to create a hot spot on their skin just because they are in heat. She is at an age where she might be starting to have issues with skin allergies, so I would be more suspicious of that.

Date: Sep 29, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Others
Topic: koi Fish

Question:My large gold fish or koi has a large lump on its side . What to do?

Answer:It sounds strange but there are many veterinarians that specialize in "exotic" medicine, that includes fish, that can sedate your fish and surgically remove it to see what it is and what further treatments might be necessary.

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Banixx

Question:Hi I have another question I've been reading up on banixx do you think it would be good on my dogs hot spot on her leg if so what would happen if she ended up licking it would it bother her would it harm her thanks

Answer:Banixx is made for and tested on and approved for dogs so it's probably nothing to worry about. To know for sure, call the 1-800 number on the bottle - they know their active ingredient better than I do. You do want to distract your dog for a few minutes after applying (feed him, take him immediately on a walk, etc) just so it can penetrate and help his hot spot.

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What to do

Question:My dog is 14 years old I know that she has hotspot on her hind leg but she's a type of dog that won't let you help cure it is there anything that she can take or that we can do to help her so she won't have so much pain I did order the Excel aspirin which will be coming today do you think that will help her with pain

Answer:That will help a little with general pain but won't do anything to really help the hot spot heal. Your veterinarian can prescribe better, stronger oral medication if she won't let you touch it or put anything topical on it.

Date: Sep 13, 2017
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Biting and licking

Question:I bought some Banixx spray. I also have some leftover 500mg Cephalexin. Will these help heal the hot spots Missy will not leave alone? We do have a "cone of shame" on her also.

Answer:It is ideal to solve the underlying problem - allergies? That is easier said than done but work with your veterinarian to try to figure out what she is allergic to or why she is scratching or you will have to do this off and on her whole life. I'm not a fan of the cone of shame for allergies or itchy skin - it almost seems inhumane to not let them "scratch their itch" so, again, solving the underlying problem and/or getting something for the itch from your veterinarian is probably her next step. The Banixx spray is probably a good idea but not finishing a course of antibiotics and then starting another short course of antibiotics isn't a good idea - it builds up resistant bacteria.

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


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