Ask the Vet About Hot Spots in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Hot Spots in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Aug 3, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dogs has hot spots
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Question:Hello my dogs has hot spots what do I do? And what is a good multi vitamin I can give my dogs? I gave a Maltese who is 4yrs old and a Shih Tzu mixed with a Pomeranian in a Pekingese who is 5 yrs old.

Answer:Addressing the underlying cause of the hot spots is ideal (getting rid of fleas, treating allergies or some other underlying cause like mange, hypothyroidism, etc.). If they eat a balanced diet, they shouldn't need a vitamin supplements at their age. The dog with the hot spots may benefit from an Omega 3 supplement, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Hot spots loss of hair
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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: Apr 8, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Not sure if it's a hot spot or not
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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: Feb 2, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Flea allergy
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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 7, 2020
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Skin allergy
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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: 2
Topic: Dry itchy
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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 18, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Itching skin and hot spot
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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: 2
Topic: Discharge from site
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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: 2
Topic: Applying Dermoplast
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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: 2
Topic: Treatment
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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 doesn?t seem anything helps. He is a mutt and outside dog. Please help, he is miserable but we can?t 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: 2
Topic: Tea 🌲 oil
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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

Date: May 22, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: My dog has hot spots
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Question:What to do when ur dog has hot spots?

Answer:Here is a link to our article about hot spots, potential causes and various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hot-spots-dog-cat-16.htm

Date: May 19, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 4
Topic:  Goat skin
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Question: I rescued 2 goat that have dandruff and hot spots. I am adding black sun seeds to their food. I also washed them with tea soap which helped. What else can I do?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian. Contact a large animal veterinarian for help with your goat.

Date: May 13, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Sores and bumps
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Question:I took my dog to the vet for a couple of sores that she has, one on top of her head (about the size of a quarter) and one under her chin. She was scratching them which made them worse. They told me they were hot spots and gave me some Chlorhexadine wipes and Betagen topical spray for it. It's been a week and the sores have still not healed. She is wearing an e-collar so she can't scratch them. Anyway, my questions is: Is it possible that these sores are something else entirely? She also has little scabs and bumps other places, like on her legs and tummy and back of her neck. She is on Nexguard and Heartguard to protect against fleas and heartworm, and I haven't seen any fleas on her. I just want her to get better, any suggestions?

Answer:Hot spots are usually secondary to something else (allergies, ringworm, mange, etc) so have your veterinarian recheck her if they don't improve and check for those underlying causes. Allergies are probably the most common cause so here is a link to our article about allergies with multiple treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergies-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 6, 2019
Category: Hot Spots
Pet Type: 2
Topic: What do you recommend
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Question:Which product do you recommend using for hotspots under the paw? I've heard of cortisone or other products used on animals?

Answer:It really depends on the cause - allergies and demodex are probably 2 of the most common causes - hydrocortisone would help if it's allergies but would make it worse if it is demodex so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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