HELP HELP...doggie with serious HOT SPOTS!

  1. I have a 2 year old golden retriever who has had hot spots on and off all her life. Well, lately they are getting MUCH WORSE and NUMEROUS. I have been to vets for treatments on and off forever. They clear up and then BAM they are back with a vengeance. Any of you with veterinary knowledge or personal experience with this NIGHTMARE condition have ANY suggestions? I am at wit's end and so is this DOG!!!!! WHAT NOW????? TIA!
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  3. by   plumrn
    Wish I could give you something positive but, unfortunately, we never found anything that would cure this with our shephard-mix.
    Antibiotics, steroid injections,creams, many Vet bills, and still it always came back. I think some dogs, or breeds are just more prone to this than others. Sorry, for your pet having to suffer thru this. This was a few years ago. Maybe someone reading will have something new to try.
  4. by   sunnygirl272

    "Food allergies also feed the itch. "Ingredients that can cause food allergies include beef, pork, and milk as well as some vegetable products," says Dr. Weinberg. Vets aren't sure why, but even pets that have been eating the same food for years may suddenly develop an allergy to one of the ingredients, she says.
    The main problem with allergies -- and the attendant scratching -- is that pets can rub their skin raw, setting the stage for more-serious skin infections. All pets can get skin infections, but they are especially common in golden retrievers, German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, collies, and Saint Bernards. "
  5. by   Youda
    One day when I was feeling pretty poor, I bought a bag of Old Roy from WalMart. My dear friend's coat within a week was nothing but a mess of hot spots. Took her to the vet. He laughed at me and asked me how much money I saved if the vet bill was factored in? Well . . .

    After many free samples of premium dog food, I decided that it wasn't worth it. So, I researched dog nutrition and devised a diet of people food for her. That was a few years ago. She hasn't had a hot spot since I switched her to human-grade food. Be aware that food for human consumption can't have molds, rot, etc. in it, but dog food can. There is no regulatory agencies to monitor the quality of dog foods. Road kill is used. Rotted and moldy grains, cattle hooves, etc. Most dog foods, even premium brands, are laced with hormones that are fed to livestock to "beef" them up, sick and dying animals are sold to dog food factories . . .

    This isn't just some horror story I read somewhere. It's from a friend of mine who actually worked in a pet food plant during college, and from another friend who lives near a plant in Michigan. Although many reports just echo the same thing.

    Anyway, once a week I mix up a batch of dog food. Sometimes I use ground beef, sometimes chicken. Some liver, either rice or oatmeal, and a bunch of mixed vegetables. And she gets a doggie vitamin. My dog loves it. It actually costs about the same as premium dog foods. I'm convinced that human-grade food is the best for my dog's health. And no more allergies or hot spots.

    Try it, at least long enough to clear up the hot spots.

    Good luck to you and your dear friend.
    Last edit by Youda on Dec 15, '02
  6. by   Ortho_RN
    I would say the next step would be allergy testing the dog.. Because if the dog has allergies to something and scratches, then gets his skin all irritated and then infected and then all of the sudden we have a hot spot... So maybe if he is allergic to something you can get him the shots for that and try to solve the problem... Allergy testing isn't cheap, but I'm sure the dog would appreciate it
  7. by   itsme
    My golden has had alot of Hot spots too. I shave his hair about and inch around the spots, put bacitracin on them, and give him some amoxicillin ( I always have "left over" abx at home) and they heal right up. I think the trick is getting those spots to dry up. He looks pretty mangy when he has shaved spots, but it really does help. the vet told me its the hair around the spots that cause the infection. Hope he feels better!!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    thanks you all, for your concern and advice. I will be trying to investigate the dog food issue. We do buy a "hypoallergenic" HIGH priced premium dog food from the grainery but maybe that is not good enuf. Maybe we do need an allergy panel. But even tho. if she is allergic to 20 things like my son WHAT NEXT?????

    Also I am going to beef up her vitamin/omega fat and amino acid intake and maybe try to look more into holistic means to help her. This has to stop sometime. The dog is 3 years old (almost)...i can't imagine her (and us) having to live with this for 10-12 more years. And yes, NO VET YET HAS helped us except FOR SHORT TERM RELIEF. I have to find a LONG term solution.

    Youda, thanks for your dog food education. I never realized even the premiums were so bad...HOW GROSS AND DISGUSTING TO FEED OUR PETS that way! You guys are so kind to help ...thanks
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Apollo used to have hot spots a lot when he was younger. He spent more time wearing that white elizabethan looking collar than anything. He looked like a big daffodil for the longest.

    Turned out to be the food. I switched him to Science Diet and supplemented with an oil. In addition, I bathed him with an brand of dog shampoo with oatmeal emollients.

    He hasn't had any hot spots for the last 7 years.
  10. by   Ortho_RN
    SmilingBluEyes.. If you did an allergy panel and he was allergic to certain things...Then the company can make a shot that will help build up his immunity to those things..No different really then allergy shots for humans.. My parents Pekignese gets them every month and it has GREATLY helped..
  11. by   Mattigan
    Best "instant relief" i ever found for hot spots is to take a steroid inhaler and "puff" it on the spots. Mattie then left hers alone long enough for it to heal with the vets help. I read in a Pediatric Dermatology journal where they tried it with some face rash , I used it on the dog and it helped.
  12. by   sbic56
    My dachsund, Binga, had a horrible time with her skin and I tried numerous treatments, ie ab, cortisone, special shampoos...spent a ton but with little long lasting result. Instead of going the whole very expensive allergy testing route right away, my vet suggested feeding her IVD duck and potato formula. The idea was to introduce something that she had never had before. I have been feeding her this exclusively for the past several months and her coat is the best it has been in years.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    wow some good ideas, guys. never thought of steroid inhalers or duck????...hehehe .....thats why I come here......nurses are the most resourceful people! thanks!
  14. by   PennyLane
    My parents' dog has hot spots and allergies. Whenever he gets on or starts scratching my mom gives him some homeopathic medicine. Not sure which kind, but you could probably find some for skin rashes.