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Our 10-year old Lab mix has encountered Hot Spots for the first time in his life about 6 weeks ago. Here's what happened.

- Vet administered a shot of Diphenhydramine (anti-allergen) and gave him Cephalexin (antibiotic) for 2 weeks.
- Hot Spots eventually disappeared.
- They returned a week or so afterwards.
- Brought him to a different vet and was given Cefpodoxime (antibiotic) and an anti-allergen called Oclacitinib.
- Hot Spots disappeared.
- Now, they're back for a 3rd time.
- The sores are wet and emit a bad odor.
- For the past 2 days, we've cleaned and dried the Hot Spots and used a few doses of 1% Cortisone.
- We are also using the E collar in case he was licking while we weren't looking.
- The sores are looking very slightly less rough and are scabbing but no real positive progression.

Additional info which might be useful.

- Never ever is he ever given table scraps.
- His food is Acana Adult Large Breed which is Chicken-based. (https://acana.com/our-foods/dog-food...t-large-breed/)
- He is not given any treats.
- Reading about food allergies and how chicken is the most common one, we switched foods to Acana Lamb & Apple (https://acana.com/usa/our-foods/dog-...es/lamb-apple/)
- My wife read about the small possibility of allergy to the fluoride in tap water so we've been giving him filtered water.
- He was given a Cesar Millan bone twice before this started. No more since.
- Before this started, he did not lick more than is normal for cleaning purposes.


We can obviously go back to the vet but we will likely be given more antibiotics and I do not believe pumping my dog full of drugs is necessarily the way to go, especially since we haven't been able to make any progress on the root cause.

What concerns me is the fact that the environment and food cannot be more controlled and restricted than they are and he has been perfectly healthy for the 7 years we've had him and out of nowhere now has these Hot Spots at the tail-end of winter for seemingly no reason whatsoever. No bugs are present, no pollen, etc.

We're at our wits end and do not know how to proceed to permanently get rid of these Hot Spots. Aside from not enjoy the collar, our boy is in great spirits but we want him to be perfectly comfortable and healthy. He is not overweight either.

*** ANY advice given will be very much appreciated! ***



 

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Ask for a referral to a dermatologist if your regular vet can't figure it out.
 

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I'd be suspicious of the Cesar Milan treats he was given, since that seems to be the only thing that has changed recently. If he had a bad reaction to those, it could take a while for it to clear out of his system and his body to calm down.

Same thing as far as the food goes - if he has developed a chicken allergy, it can take a while for a change in food to take effect.

My mom used to put warm and still wet (previously boiled) tea bags on our dog's hotspots a few times a day and it always did the trick.

I agree a dermatologist is most likely the next step.

BTW, what a handsome dog!!
 

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I'd be suspicious of the Cesar Milan treats he was given, since that seems to be the only thing that has changed recently. If he had a bad reaction to those, it could take a while for it to clear out of his system and his body to calm down.

Same thing as far as the food goes - if he has developed a chicken allergy, it can take a while for a change in food to take effect.

My mom used to put warm and still wet (previously boiled) tea bags on our dog's hotspots a few times a day and it always did the trick.

I agree a dermatologist is most likely the next step.

BTW, what a handsome dog!!
Thank you! For the record, he had a handful of those bones previously with no issues whatsoever. The last one was 6 weeks ago so I'd think any allergy symptoms or infection should have cleared up by now, especially considering the powerful drugs he was administered, no?

How long should it take for food allergy symptoms to dissipate, assuming the nefarious agent has been eliminated from his diet? Days, weeks, months...?

I take it the tea bags should be warm when applied to the hot spots, correct? How many times a day would you recommend doing this and approximately how long would it take to see an improvement?
 

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Something we've been doing for the past 24h is cleaning his hot spots and then applying Polysporin on them.

He seems quite relieved and thankful as he spends a few minutes each time wagging his tail and licking us right after applying it. Sure hope we'll be able to get to the bottom of this. My poor boy is obviously in some discomfort. :(
 

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Glad he's doing better for now!

We put the tea bags (yes, warm) on three times a day for about 10 minutes each time.

I'm not an expert as far as exactly how long it takes for things to totally be cleared out of the system. When my dog was allergy tested, we then put her on a diet of salmon, sweet potatoes, and multivitamin for 2 months. Absolutely nothing else. She was also on predisone for a short bout at the beginning because her reaction was severe (horrible ear infections, hot spots, yeasty raw paws). Then we slowly added back in the foods she hadn't tested positive for an allergy - and we still mostly feed her home cooked food/raw, with one kibble we have found she doesn't react to on hand in case we run out or forget to prepare her food.

So, if things don't resolve, you could go the allergy testing route - but I hope things are looking up!
 

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Glad he's doing better for now!

We put the tea bags (yes, warm) on three times a day for about 10 minutes each time.

I'm not an expert as far as exactly how long it takes for things to totally be cleared out of the system. When my dog was allergy tested, we then put her on a diet of salmon, sweet potatoes, and multivitamin for 2 months. Absolutely nothing else. She was also on predisone for a short bout at the beginning because her reaction was severe (horrible ear infections, hot spots, yeasty raw paws). Then we slowly added back in the foods she hadn't tested positive for an allergy - and we still mostly feed her home cooked food/raw, with one kibble we have found she doesn't react to on hand in case we run out or forget to prepare her food.

So, if things don't resolve, you could go the allergy testing route - but I hope things are looking up!
He thankfully has shown *massive* improvement after a week or using Polysporin on his affected skin. The hot spots have gone from smelly almost blood red-looking sores with pus to mere small red dots, akin to what a mosquito bite would look like. We have made him wear the E collar for the past week as well. Those 2 elements have generated amazing results so far.

We're glad he's on the mend and will monitor him further. We hope this will be the end of the hot spots and will keep your ideas in our back pocket if need be. Thanks again! :)
 
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