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PostSubject: hot spots?   Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:05 pm

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some info about hot spots, how dogs get themand how to treat and prevent this.

Many thanks

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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:05 am

Hi
I have never been cursed with a dog with hotspots, but there is some info on the link below, on the breed Health & Welfare website
http://www.stbernardhealth.co.uk/skincoatproblems.htm

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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:28 am

Thanks Heather, that link is very helpful Smile
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:01 pm

Diesel had his first hoptsopt ( first ive ever had here)

i washed the area which litterally apeared to go bad in a couple hours using hibi scrub and then dried the area as best i could with a towel and applied antibactirial powder to it i did this twice a day

day 2 it was smellyy , gunky and wet so i re bathed it and then thought if i "blasted " the area that would dry it better

i blasted him every hour on the hour for a day and after i sprinkled powder on it, then blasted it out and applied more etc etc

by the next morning having kept it really dry and blasted it was half the size scabbed over and not smelling , so i havent bathed it anymore and am still blasting and applying powder, its working well so far

the lucky thing is he cant reach the area at all- its the back of his neck where you would microchip him

i am very sure the blasting was what helped the most

i dont have a blaster so have borrowed one from BEBE who is on this forum

so a BIG thankyou to bee
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:11 pm

Good going Cherie,

The best thing is to wash & then keep the 'hot spot' dry & apply an antibacterial powder.

In longhair dogs sometimes it is necessary to shave the area, bath the 'hot spot', blast it dry & apply some form of antiseptic cream or powder. By washing & drying as you have done & applying powder, I have so far managed to avoid shaving. I find Vosene (original) shampoo works very well as opposed to Hibiscrub, as the hibiscrub can dry out the skin, making it very itchy & the dog wanting to scratch at it again.

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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:47 pm

ok will get some vosene in

i suppose we were lucky diesel couldnt reach to itch his spot

the blasting to keep it dry worked wonders

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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:53 pm

Gold Bond powder works wonders and so does the gold Listerine (not sure if you have that on your side of the pond or not)
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:23 pm

I bought some gold Powder, & it does work, but I had to import it from the USA as we dont get it here Sad
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:31 pm

Lanebern wrote:
I bought some gold Powder, & it does work, but I had to import it from the USA as we dont get it here Sad

Yep... I sent it to you Wink
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:34 pm

I got mine from Amazon, was it you that sent it? small world eh LOL
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:34 pm

You sent to me Lora :-) !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:36 pm

Oh thats right! Silly me.
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PostSubject: Re: hot spots?   Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:21 am

We have the odd issue with hit spots and generally do similar things such as cleaning up the area, maybe shaving off a little fur around it etc.

The best thing we have found for these problems is Fuciderm cream from the vet - which is a carbomer-type gel/cream. We came across this for the first time with one of our Neapolitan Mastiffs who had food allergies and was prone to skin flare-ups and with the Bernards it clears up the hot spot within a matter of 48 hours usually! I always keep a tube in the cupboard in case of emergencies.

The only other thing I would mention is using human shampoo on dogs - I am, amongst other things, a hairdresser and would alway suggest that both humans and dogs avoid most supermarket brand shampoos and even some top-end salon products as they contain SLS, SLES or ALS (sodium laureth or lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate). These chemicals are contained in loads of stuff ranging from shower gel to shampoo and are also contained in dog products as well. The problem with sulfate is that it can be damaging to the skin an hair, originally this checmical was used to de-grease garage floors! It has been added to beauty products since the 1950's as it gives that "bubbly lather" that we are now all pre-conditioned to having when using bathing products. It is used in shampoo as a surfactant (de-greasing and cleaning agent) but has been reported to have side effects such as hair thinning, hair loss, colour stripping etc.etc.

I generally opt for an organic shampoo even on the dogs with no sulfate, no parabens (nasty preservative) and no artificial fragrances, something like the Dr Organic range from Holland and Barrett, but dilute it down for your dog. I think that some dog ranges such as Groomers also sell organic shampoos which are another option.

Hope this helps!

Ali

If you want more information on sulfate then look at the Killer Strands website: http://killerstrands.blogspot.com/search/label/SLS-FREE%20shampoo
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