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DateOct 8, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeDog
TopicItching
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Question:

My dog is a 3yr old Yorkshire he’s been itching his paws, neck, underarm, and thigh area for a month now. What are the best products for him?

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

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DateSep 30, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeDog
Topicunder armpit blister
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Question:

bonney has a couple of small blister type hot spots under her left side front leg (armpit) they seem to itch from time to time- what should I do to rid this?

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching and secondary 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

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DateSep 1, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeDog
TopicConstant scratching
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Question:

My Yorkie has been scratching a lot lately. Noticed some fleas or ticks, went to PetSmart and bought him a seresto collar. Been over 24hrs and he's still scratching. Has scratched/bit so much he removed hair and now has a big dry redness shot. Can you please assist?

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching and secondary 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

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DateAug 29, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeDog
TopicHair loss
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My yorkie has a hot spot been to vet 3 times given shot anti inflammatory and Rx lotion “momatvet” I am told it “bacterial “ it has grown from a nickel to a silver dollar. What else can I do ? I sure don’t want him loose anymore hair…

Answer:

There are many things that cause hot spots like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Allergies are the most common and 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

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DateMay 21, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
Topicconstant itching
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Question:

What is a good anti itch shampoo, to stop those seasonal allergies?

Answer:

Epi-Soothe is a good one - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Soothe+Shampoo-prod10483.html. They make a cream rinse as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Soothe+Oatmeal+Cream+Rinse-prod10488.html

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DateMay 16, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicItching and scabs
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Question:

My dog Jax is always scratching and chewing. Why does he get scabs all over him. Is he allergetic?

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

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DateFeb 15, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicAllergies
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Question:

Is it safe to use hypochlorous acid on dog's paw that are always itching?

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Only use products specifically formulated for them. 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

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DateFeb 8, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicAllergies
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Question:

Hi. I have a husky whose 1 year and 1 month old. He was diagnosed with demodex when they examined his stool. He was constantly biting his legs and he was given antibiotic and antihistamine (took him to another vet since 1st vet didnt really mind his skin condition - his skin was oozing with gelatinous blood). He was given nexgard and was advised to bathe him 2x a week with amitraz shampoo. His skin is a little better but now its becoming black. What can I do and would it be okay to give him supplement like perhonesty/zestypaws allerimmune? Thanks so much

Answer:

"perhonesty/zestypaws allerimmune" probably won't help at all because it doesn't sound like he has allergies. I can't really recommend anything without examining him and directly checking his skin. Have your veterinarian recheck him - he may need an oral antibiotic and/or stronger treatment for the mange. It takes many weeks, sometimes months for mange to improve so be patient - he may just be going through normal healing.

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DateJan 20, 2021
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicItching
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My 7 yr old Chiutzu mix has been scratching his legs, toes, under belly and close to anal area for a month or so. We have bathed him often, used monthly flea control which has not stopped his behavior. He has not caused a skin condition as in hot spots but he is clearly uncomfortable. He does have long hair and he is constantly knotting his hair in the areas I mention. Can you suggest what I can use to alleviate his condition?

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

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DateNov 5, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
Topicscabs on skin
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Question:

Hi my dachshund has some bumps and scabs a little itching

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There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, hypothyroidism, 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

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DateNov 5, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicBest medicine otc
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Question:

What do you recommend for treatment for cat hot spot? Without prescription

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There are many things that cause hot spots on cats (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

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DateAug 3, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet Typenull
TopicMy 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

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DateMay 4, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeCat
TopicHot 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

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DateApr 8, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeDog
TopicNot 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.

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DateFeb 2, 2020
CategoryHot Spots
Pet TypeCat
TopicFlea 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.

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