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Ask the Vet About Hot Spots in Dogs and Cats

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Ask the Vet About Hot Spots (Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: May 16, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hot spots and skin discoloration

Question:My German Shepherd is 9 years old and has hot spots on his sides and legs. His stomach is very dark and has brown stuff growing on it. His ears are also infected often with yeast. We have him on an ear treatment, but how do we treat the hot spots and stomach issues?

Answer:There are many things that cause hot spots and ear issues like this (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hot spots loss of hair

Question:I put a microbial on him and a breathable shirt but he still scratches and stressed he has a flea collar on

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 3, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Dark, Roundish Patch on Cat's Thigh!

Question:Hello, My cat is a 4 year old male. Today, I noticed a dark, roundish patch on his inner left thigh. There is no fur loss and it is not red, raised or scaling. He sometimes licks the area. What are the possible causes of this issue and ways to treat the area? Please view the link for a clear photo: https://imgur.com/H4rLrUB Thank you very much for your time and help.

Answer:There are many things that cause hair loss like this (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Apr 8, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Not sure if it's a hot spot or not

Question:Purple spot inside dogs ear. Not raised or seem to be painful for Zeus. But has gotten darker since it appeared last week. Can I attach pictures?

Answer:No, we don't have a way to attach pictures and yes, that would be helpful. Try emailing them to your veterinarian - most are set up for telemedicine consults. If not, sites like JustAnswer.com have ways to attach pictures for a small price.

Date: Apr 2, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Care of my dogs wound

Question:Hello, Last night, my husband and I noticed what appears to be a superficial wound on our dogs upper right leg (size of wound: 2 inches x 1 1/2 inches). It could be a result of our dog irritating a hot spot, but were not sure. Weve been applying salt water compresses ( 1/2 teaspoon per cup of water) every 3-4 hours and have been taking care not to have our dog irritate the spot further. Is there anything else we need to do? Our dog is mixed breed and is a healthy 15 1/2 year old pup. Thanks for any help! Sincerely, Sylvia Ashwell

Answer:There are many things that cause hot spots (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Feb 2, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Flea allergy

Question:Hello, I am a poor disabled lady who has a sweet,girl, fur baby named fryia.She has lower back,whole tail and some Ichy dry scabbed skin from flea allergy. She is three years old.Please Help Her.I can't afford a vet.I can't afford prescription meds.,I need some cream anti lick tropical anti botic for her.I can only afford twenty dollars or less for Medicine.Can any free agency help her or can find a med.that can help her heel.Please help my baby fyria.941-726-5027 in Sarasota Florida 34238 zip code 8705 South Tamiami Trail Lot # 42 Sarasota, Florida 34238 Perhaps You Could Mail My Fur Baby Some Free Medicine At My Home Address Or Info. Agency To Help Her Or Find Some Med. I Can Afford. My private cell phone number Please 😊 Help My Cat Thank You Bye

Answer:The only medications that are working well are prescription only. You will have to ask around in your immediate area for things like low cost vaccine companies - they may be able to sell you single doses of these which is the only way it will be under $20 - but that will be more expensive in the long run - call ahead and see.

Date: Jan 15, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: horrible hot spots

Question:I have an outside trap neutered release cat that i started feeding along with an additional cat. One of the cats licks himself so badly he creates scabs and huge bald areas all over his body. As soon as one heals he moves on to another area. I put flea medicine on them so I dont think its fleas. The other cat doesnt have any spots so I dont think its contagiuos. What else could it be that I could treat myself. The cat cannot be transported to a vet-- I tried and he went besrek. I hate to see him suffer..

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm Since fleas are the most common allergen, be sure you are using a strong flea preventative on that cat - Revolution and Bravecto are about the only 2 that work very well for cats.

Date: Jan 7, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin allergy

Question:What can I I buy over-the-counter do you stop The itching

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 26, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry itchy

Question:My dog has very dry and itchy skin I use oatmeal shampoo on him but he still continually itches and his skin flakes and I noticed that he has a little round red spots on his under carriage and some on his back that look like eczema can you help me what I should use to help?

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 19, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hotspots from allergen

Question:My Bichon gets seasonal hotspots. Seems to be when she sits in the grass this time of year because its her hind legs and under her tail. She bites at her skin because it itches then its raw and really bothers her. No signs of fleas. Can you recommend an ointment and a shampoo that i can just wash the hotspot areas with that will relieve her symptoms? Thank you! Jeanine DiNardo

Answer:Different dogs respond differently to different shampoo - some respond better to medicated shampoos if they have a secondary infection. Here is a good medicated shampoo: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html Then if there is more inflammation than infection, some will respond better to a anti-itch shampoo like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Relief+Shampoo-prod2845.html followed by a cream rinse like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Soothe+Oatmeal+Cream+Rinse-prod10488.html Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 18, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itching skin and hot spot

Question:My dog has a hot spot he licks for a long time. His skin is itching which he scratches and licks.

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Aug 4, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Discharge from site

Question:My Golden has a spot on the side of his neck that is inflamed, painful to touch and dogs reaction, itchy and seeping. Short of a cone I try to keep him from scratching it. Thought about Neosporin until vet visit ASAP?

Answer:Yes, neosporin is fine to use, but probably won't solve the problem - your veterinarian will have much stronger, better medications. They can also look for and talk to you about underlying causes (allergies, mange, etc) so it doesn't continue to recur.

Date: Jul 12, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Applying Dermoplast

Question:Can you spray a dog's hot spots with dermoplast?

Answer:Since it hasn't been tested on dogs and contains a lidocaine derivative, I would not recommend it.

Date: Jun 8, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:My dog adopted us when he was about 10 weeks old, I took him to the vet because it was obvious he had the mange. They diagnosed him with red mange and we treated him, and he cleared up. He is now about a year and a half old and has hot spots all over his body. They tend to stay in the same areas, one on his lower back/tail, one on each side of his butt. Under his neck, and other spots. We bought some germicidal fungicidal spray from the co-op and it seemed to help for a while but now it doesnt seem anything helps. He is a mutt and outside dog. Please help, he is miserable but we cant afford the high vet bills in our area.

Answer:It probably isn't a recurrence of mange at that age, but since that is still possible, it is ideal to have your veterinarian check him out and see if it is that or allergies or something else (ringworm, etc), so you know how to proceed with treatment because all of these are treated differently. At a minimum, try to get him on either Nexgard, Bravecto or Simparica because these have mange-fighting ability and keep all the fleas off - the most common allergen when they are pulling hair out over their tail head.

Date: May 27, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tea 🌲 oil

Question:How to dilute safely

Answer:Until better studies come out about the exact toxicity, only use products formulated for dogs, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Be+Soothed.+Tea+Tree+Oil+Skin+Relief-prod10989.html


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