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    I would not think any antibiotic needs to be given for an average hot spot. In my experience shaving the hair around them is first step, then treat w/ Vetericin or there are other spray-ons just for hot spots. Any good pet supply should carry both. In the case of a spot on tail I would maybe use a cone for a few days if the dog is licking the spot.

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    One other thing that will be often overlooked as to a reason hot spots occur is dietary fat,specifically beef fat. Some of these hunting dogs seem to respond to a meal with beef fat by breaking out in hot spots, especially retrievers. Most likely due to the high omega 6 concentrations in it. Darn grain fed cattle versus open range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr tim View Post
    One other thing that will be often overlooked as to a reason hot spots occur is dietary fat,specifically beef fat. Some of these hunting dogs seem to respond to a meal with beef fat by breaking out in hot spots, especially retrievers. Most likely due to the high omega 6 concentrations in it. Darn grain fed cattle versus open range.
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    Do you recommend a particular brand of high quality dog food without the high omega 6 concentrations from beef fat?

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    I would be curious to know what the original posters friend is feeding this dog with the hot spot. At the base of the tail can also be caused from fleas. Dogs will chew at their skin causing a hot spot. I also agree in a diet change. I haven't had a hot spot since I stopped feeding any food with Wheat, Corn, Soybean meal to start with. Most grain free foods would work well. I have used Canidae All Life Stage food for many years with great results. No ear allergy symptoms either.
    I also found a great supplement. Animal Naturals K9 Show Stopper. It is a multi use food supplement to help lots of issues. I buy from http://www.k9power.com
    It is certainly worth a try for the spring and summer months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr tim View Post
    One other thing that will be often overlooked as to a reason hot spots occur is dietary fat,specifically beef fat. Some of these hunting dogs seem to respond to a meal with beef fat by breaking out in hot spots, especially retrievers. Most likely due to the high omega 6 concentrations in it. Darn grain fed cattle versus open range.
    Not to be over looked is "Chicken" allergy. The why our dogs become sensitive goes right to our food supply in this country. Feed lots, chicken farming today, all are done in a un-natural manner.

    A change in diet with good fatty acid balance can help with future outbreaks. A dog food like dr. Tim produces can be a big help if you are buying a cheap store bought brand. feeding Dr. Tim's food would make future outbreaks less if food related.

    A simple flea bite can cause a Hot Spot if a dog is allergic to fleas. So can any insect. The breaking of the skin under fur causes staff bacteria to develop quickly causing the moist dermatitis. One either needs to shave the fur surrounding the area or dry it out quickly using a Hebiclens solution and drying the fur then applying Gold Bond powder.. If you have a small Hot Spot the EMT Gel Spray can work.

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    Thank you everybody for the responses. i will get back to you about the food he eats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riskyriver View Post
    I would not think any antibiotic needs to be given for an average hot spot. In my experience shaving the hair around them is first step, then treat w/ Vetericin or there are other spray-ons just for hot spots. Any good pet supply should carry both. In the case of a spot on tail I would maybe use a cone for a few days if the dog is licking the spot.
    The reason I have used it in the past is that I travel. I can't always rely on my hubby to remember to treat it or give the meds. Luckily, it's rarely a problem.
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    My friend went to the dermatology vet yesterday. They discussed all of the great responses given here. They are going to try a few -the antibiotic injection (all done by the vet) and blue scrub from surgery. She was feeding grain free and now is feeding ProPlan Salmon and Rice. Thanks again
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