Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:43 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:31 PM
Second piece of bad news: a hot spot generally heals better when it's shaved so the skin can breath and the hair (which is a MAJOR source of bacteria!) out of it.
At home you can put a cone-of-shame on your pup to keep them from getting at the area, tape baby socks to his/her feet to prevent scratching, and clean the area with either a special wound soap (Hebicleanse from CVS/WALGREENS/your pharmacy is the best) or PLAIN SOAP (unscented, lotion-free) -- DO NOT use alcohol, peroxide, or iodine, they will hurt, burn, and potentially prolong the healing process. Let the Hebicleanse sit on the skin for a good 5-10 minutes since killing bacteria is all about how long the anti-bacterial has contact with the infected area, and then dry the area COMPLETELY. Hot spots are wet, weepy wounds so you don't want to add any moisture, even in the form of anti-biotic ointments or creams. If it's REALLY severe, and your still not wanting to visit the vet (which again, you really should) you can try to use Gold Bond baby powder, or other powders specifically formulated to handle diaper rash as they will generally contain a drying agent, as well as skin soothers. -- Gold Bond has corn starch, Kaolin, and zinc in it.
Here's my preferred, quicker, easier, safer, more effective veterinary approach: Get an appointment, allow the vet to give an antibacterial injection to ward off further infection, have them shave up the area to keep it clean, and go home with some Neopredef powder and some Chlorhexidine scrub. Scrub the area 1-2 times daily allowing the scrub to sit on the spot (like above), rinse, dry completely (use a blow drying on cool/low setting if need be) and apply Neopred powder liberally. The powder has a steroid which will speed healing exponentially as well as a topical anti-bacterial agent, and a drying agent to help the hot spot scab over in a matter of days, instead of weeks. You'll be all set in 3-4 days.
Don't waste your time with ANYTHING labeled for "hot spots" at the pet store, they are minimally effective at best and the home remedies I just extolled above do a better job by far for much cheaper. Also, if you are not 100% absolutely diligent about your flea prevention know that a flea allergy is likely at the root of this problem (since fleas promote dogs chewing/sucking on their own hair/legs/rear area) what begins as either a flea infestation (defined as any uncontrolled flea population, regardless how small) or an allergy and because of the bacteria on the hair around it, the constant moist environment from the dog's chewing, and other environmental conditions a secondary bacterial infection has taken hold in the open wounds caused by scratching/chewing. Most likely the bacteria is staph, which I say not to scare you but to reinforce that this is a medical issue best handled by a professional.
Hope that helps!
Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:07 PM
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