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#172714 - 08/11/11 04:00 PM What is this?? (hot spot!)
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I am at a loss. I was about to buy flea stuff and I just do not think its fleas. He is biting a lot at a spot right by his tail. The skin is all red right there and in certain spots seems to be sticking together and drying. Also its all pus like clear. Is this indeed fleas can they do this? He had a bath with flea shampoo on Tuesday. I just don't see any fleas or flea dirt the rest of his skin look like nice clean skin. He was scratching a lot on his ear, so one of his ears is red. Should I go and get the flea stuff and treat him anyway to see if it works. We really don't have the money yet to go to the vet since we don't even have a vet yet.


Edited by MaxaLisa (08/12/11 05:40 PM)
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#172715 - 08/11/11 04:04 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: frillint]
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That sounds like a hot spot. Do you have a picture?

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#172727 - 08/11/11 04:53 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: LifeAsMe]
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Sounds like a hot spot for sure.

Recon had a hot spot and I posted a photo of it: http://germanshepherdhome.net/forum/ubbt...html#Post125530

Hope he gets better soon!
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#172733 - 08/11/11 07:40 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: Recon]
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I will take a picture tonight. It kind of looks like recon but not as red and spot like. The hair is not coming out or anything.

Recon: since yours had hot spots how did they treat it and do you know how they get it. I mean smokey is an inside dog only goes out to potty and is not in contact with other animals. Did I do something wrong?
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#172738 - 08/11/11 08:40 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: frillint]
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Originally Posted By: frillint
He is biting a lot at a spot right by his tail. The skin is all red right there and in certain spots seems to be sticking together and drying. Also its all pus like clear.


This is exactly what happens with Quinn when he has a hot spot. The last hot spot he got was the day after I bathed him and didn't brush him out before. The matted undercoat right above his tail stayed wet overnight and he had a hot spot by the next morning. There are lots of threads about treating hot spots. In short, you need to clip the hair away and treat it with an antiseptic drying agent. I have heard of Gold Bond Powder or Vetericyn being used by the U.S. folks. In Canada I use Johnson & Johnson Antiseptic Skin Wash to kill the bacteria and soothe the itch.
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#172749 - 08/11/11 10:11 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: Quinnsmom]
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Again, this could be flea allergy dermatitis. If a dog is allergic then all it takes is ONE flea bite to cause a problem. So it could be a hot spot CAUSED by one flea bite. That particular spot is usually where it shows up.
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#172755 - 08/11/11 10:16 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Molly had a hot spot just above her tail, I posted here as I had never seen one before

she had chewed all the fur and this came up in a couple of hours



After the vet clipped it back



It was sprayed with peroxide and he gave me cream to put on it, she had to wear a cone so she would leave it alone. The vet did think it was caused by a single flea bite as Ruth said. We did not ever find any fleas on her.
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#172762 - 08/11/11 10:47 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: bianca]
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We have no idea how Recon got his. He wasn't scratching at it or anything, it almost appeared over night. His treatment was antibiotics and steriods. I never gave him the steriods and just did the abx treatment.

However, I have heard that the powder and clipping hair back works too. We just didn't have a clue what it was until we went to the vet.
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#172765 - 08/11/11 10:56 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: Recon]
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My friend's lab gets them from swimming. He just doesn't get dried out to the skin and it gets irritated.

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#172766 - 08/11/11 10:57 PM Re: What is this?? [Re: Recon]
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I think I will have the money and not get flea meds, beacause I am almost positive from seeing those pictures that he has hot spot. I will call around and try and find a vet and get him to the vet next week. I also noticed it is on both sides of his tail. The other side is a little red and has a small brown spot. From looking at your guys pictures he will probably have to have his whole butt shaved if it ends up being that big. I took a bunch of pictures of it here it is.



















I didn't know they could get it from being wet. He is 15 yrs old and I have beeing giving him a bath every month and I don't normally dry him. He has never got it before. This is so weird. I feel so bad that I probably did this to him.



Edited by frillint (08/11/11 11:00 PM)
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