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    Ok, this hot spot stuff is all new too me. I'm not sure if that's what Boomer, who is 2 1/2 years old, has. I just noticed a dark hard scabby area within the last 4 days about the size of a half dollar on the top of his neck. I cleaned it, and sprayed peroxide on it and put some hydrocordizone 10 on it. It's not wet, but it is scabby. Not irritated, not red, not wet, not open. Just wondering if this is a hot spot? Also what causes these? I have an appointment with the vet on the 31st. It doesn't seem to be bothering him, and it is dry. Fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomerBoy View Post
    Ok, this hot spot stuff is all new too me. I'm not sure if that's what Boomer, who is 2 1/2 years old, has. I just noticed a dark hard scabby area within the last 4 days about the size of a half dollar on the top of his neck. I cleaned it, and sprayed peroxide on it and put some hydrocordizone 10 on it. It's not wet, but it is scabby. Not irritated, not red, not wet, not open. Just wondering if this is a hot spot? Also what causes these? I have an appointment with the vet on the 31st. It doesn't seem to be bothering him, and it is dry. Fingers crossed!
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    Default Re: Hot Spots! What causes them and how do they look early on?

    From your description it doesn't really sound like one, but a photo will help. Hot spots are a moist dermatitis, but they do get scabby once they dry up.


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    Default Re: Hot Spots! What causes them and how do they look early on?

    What Are Hot Spots? Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area. Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin. Hot spots can become quite painful.


    Why Do Hot Spots Occur?
    Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom.


    Which Dogs Are Prone to Developing Hot Spots?
    Dogs who are not groomed regularly and have matted, dirty coats can be prone to developing hot spots, as can dogs who swim or who are exposed to rain. Additionally, dogs with hip dysplasia or anal sac disease can start licking the skin on their hind end. Thick-coated, longhaired breeds are most commonly affected.


    When Is it Time to See the Vet?
    You should visit your vet for an exam as soon as you notice any abnormality in your pet’s skin, or if your pet begins to excessively scratch, lick and/or bite areas on his fur.


    How Are Hot Spots Treated?
    First, your vet will attempt to determine the cause of hot spots. Whether it is a flea allergy, an anal gland infection or stress, the underlying issue needs to be taken care of. Treatment may also include the following:


    Shaving of the hair surrounding the lesion, which allows air and medication to reach the wound
    Cleansing the hot spot with a non-irritating solution
    Antibiotics and painkillers
    Medication to prevent and treat parasites
    E-collar or other means to prevent self-trauma as the area heals
    Balanced diet to help maintain healthy skin and coat
    Dietary supplement containing essential fatty acids
    Corticosteroids or antihistamines to control itching
    Hypoallergenic diet for food allergies
    How Can I Help Prevent Hot Spots?
    The following tips may aid in the prevention of hot spots:


    Make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis.
    You may also want to keep your pet’s hair clipped short, especially during warmer months.
    Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
    Maintain as stress-free an environment for your pet as possible.
    To keep boredom and stress at bay, make sure your dog gets adequate exercise and opportunities for play and interaction with his human family and, if he enjoys it, with other dogs.
    How Can I Make My Dog Feel More Comfortable?
    Your veterinarian will best be able to prescribe the care and medications needed to make your dog more comfortable and allow the hot spots to heal. He or she may also recommend the use of an Elizabethan collar around your dog's neck to keep her from biting and licking the lesions. Such a collar should not be used as a sole means of treatment, since the skin lesions will continue to be painful if left untreated.
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    Default Re: Hot Spots! What causes them and how do they look early on?

    there is a sticky at the top of this section called hot spots the bad and the ugly of it and this may provide some help with it. hot spots are usually red and moist but it does scab over when its healing up so perhaps you caught it early and it is healing up. they are bacteria. could just be where he scraped himself and its just healing up.

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    can you post a picture?
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