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09 Jan 2006

Hotspots
Hi there,

My dog developed a hotspot on his face last year and we had it treated. It seems as if the hotspot is comming back. Is there a way to treat it without taking him to the vet has he is a huge dog and he gets stressed in the car. And also, how can it be prevented?
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

This is typically a summer phenomenon. It is caused by any irritation that then the result in a localised spot on the skin, that is aggravated by the dog until it develops into a huge hot spot. this process of development of a hotspot can happen almost overnight. It is exacerbated by the growth of bacteria on the moist superficially injured skin, while the hair and accumulations protect the bacteria and causes rapid enlargement of the infected area. The first step therefore is usually thorough cleansing of the affected area. Be aware that it can be very painful, therefore be very careful so you do not get bitten. That is the reason vets will very often sedate these dogs to thoroughly cleanse the area. If you can approach it, try and why shake thoroughly with an antiseptic soap and remove all the attached crusts. The application of a cortisone and antibiotic ointment will help with rapid relief. Sometimes administration of cortisone and even a course of antibiotics may be necessary.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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