July 16th, 2005, 07:44 AM
OK, well. Ocean (Lab/Newf mix, 1 year old now) went to vet's 2 weeks ago for a large hotspot. The vet game me cortazone cream and antibiotics. The antibiotics are gone and that spot seems to be healing nicely. But I was playing around with her yesterday and noticed 2 little 'scabs' side by side a few inches away from the hotspot. When I got home last night I cut the hair in that area so I could keep a closer eye on them. But I notice that they seem to be getting bigger, just like the hotspot did.
While I have no problem taking her to the vets. I really don't like to put her antibiotics again. I have been putting the cortazone cream on the new spot. But I know a lot of people have dealt with this and I was hoping for some suggestions on how to stop this, without a another trip to the vets, before it gets really bad again.
July 16th, 2005, 10:13 AM
Could they be sparked by allergies? I would ask the vet if an allergy test is in order.
Otherwise, I know there is a thread around here about hotspots... Let me go find it. :)
July 16th, 2005, 10:19 AM
Here it is: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=17077
July 16th, 2005, 11:04 AM
thank you for that link. I think it is time for me to go shopping. I just really don't want her on any more antibiotics. I don't even like my son taking them too often. If he has a cold I make him sleep a lot and drink lots of fluids. Obviously if it gets serious I take him to the doctors. I just figure that all those meds don't really help in the long run for people or animals. Especially when things will either go away on their own, or be taken care of with more natural means.
I will try those things on the other post. I have already trimmed the hair on and around the spot. I do have clippers, but there is no way she is going to let me near her with them. But I can get the hair fairly short with the scissors. And luckly the spots are still very small.
She is also out of food and I was going to get her more today. So I will see if I can't find something that is gentler on her system. But she is going to be so sad about the milkbones. She loves them so much. But I think she is off all treats until this is gone, then I will try different treats one type at a time to make sure it is not something I am giving her that is aiding in these hotspots. Man she breaks my heart when there is something wrong like this.
Damn animals :love:
July 16th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Best of luck...try giving your dog as natural foods as you can get.
If you don't want to always feed home cooked diet atleast one meal a day or even three or four meals a week is a step in the right direction.
Supplements for the skin are flax seed oil and fish oil. You will see an improvement in coat and skin almost within the first week.
The healthier on the inside the healthier on the outside. The skin is usually reactive to anything within our bodies. Thats why so many react to food and to vaccines.
I dont' vaccinate, only the rabies and thats it. The original set of vaccines are good enough for me. Then every 5/6 years depending on the results of titer testing to see if any antibodies still exsist.
Don't put any salve/cream on the spots, allow them to dry up.
I'm a HUGE fan of Oregano Oil so if you go shopping today get some from a health food store and add three drops to a couple tablespoons of yogurt. Feed this 2/3 times a day until things settle down then as maintenance once a day after all is said and done. The yogurt will increase the healthy bacteria and the oregano oil fights of infection/negative bacteria and yeast production.
July 16th, 2005, 11:24 AM
Don't change her food too abruptly. You have to do it gradually over a few days, otherwise you'll have to deal with really bad diarrhea on top of everything else.
Search this site for "bison" and you'll find a lot of threads where I have listed ingredients of a lot of good dog foods.
July 16th, 2005, 11:35 AM
Here are some links to threads:
This one has puppy food ingredients: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=16789&highlight=bison
This is adult food ingredients: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=16528&highlight=bison
This one has links on it: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=15500&highlight=bison
This is about the ingredients in food: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=13203&highlight=bison
And this one has links to other threads where I posted about dog foods..: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=14713&highlight=ingredients