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I got our dog (first dog I ever owned!) three years ago when he was 5 (a poodle-yorkie mix, we think!) and he came to us with some awful hot spots. The lady that gave him to us had him on some meds. Since then he has always licked his paws and chewed on himself a bit but just yesterday I noticed a new, large hot spot on his rear hind side. He keeps licking it and I can tell it is tender bec he doesn't want me to get near it.<br><br>
Question -- does anyone have any good ideas for a remedy that is over-the- counter or homemade? Also, any ideas for future prevention?<br><br>
I feed him Wellness - Simple Foods - Duck Formula.<br><br>
Thanks for any help.
 

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Raw diet if at all possible--Wellness is good, but it still has grains, which can be very allergic in many dogs. If not raw, try switching to one of the new grain-free formulas.<br><br>
Regular, high-quality flea prevention. Frontline or Advantage only. Even if you don't see fleas, because even a single flea bite can set up a terrible hot spot in a sensitive dog.<br><br>
How often is he at the groomer? Tangles and mats can set up hot spots too. Keep him short and make sure he is absolutely tangle-free right down to the skin. Over the hot spot, ask for (or do yourself) a very short clip so the air can get to the skin.<br><br>
OK, that's all prevention, and you really do need to do all three. Treatment:<br><br>
EQyss Micro-Tek shampoo (check your local horse feed store for this). AFTER A GROOMING (so there are no tangles and the hair is short) wash the dog very carefully and thoroughly with the shampoo, well diluted (so you put a squirt in some water and work THAT through the coat; don't put any shampoo directly on a dog's skin). If you have a good groomer she may already have this on hand or you can request that he be bathed in it. If you bathe him yourself, rinse, rinse, rinse. Nobody rinses dogs enough, and even a tiny bit of shampoo left on the skin will literally burn the skin and start itching, and whammo you've got another hot spot. You've got to rinse until you feel absolutely ridiculous, then for another three minutes.<br><br>
Once the dog is clean and toweled dry, spray Micro-Tek Spray all over the hot spot and deep into any areas that he generally itches. Don't forget the inside of his ears. Re-apply daily.<br><br>
Shampoo once a week until the problem is gone.
 

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Thank you so much for all the info. I'll let you know how it all goes....
 

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Thank you! Our newest family member, Riley the one year old Golden Retriever, has terrible hot spots. Not sure if it was from the groomer he went to when we first got him (terrible mats everywhere and fleas from one end to the other) or if it is just a reaction to the fleas he used to have.<br><br>
We've been using Gold Bond on it (per a recommendation at a GR website) but it isn't helping as much as I'd like.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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