So, we woke up this morning and Cody had a huge hot spot on his lower-back/butt. I checked his coat last night (generally looking for ticks, etc) and he didn't have it and I haven't noticed him scratching at that spot or anything. But anyway, he clearly worked on it all night and it was a mess this morning. We had to go to the vet today anyway (for a kennel cough booster) and so now Cody's got a e-collar (which he hates), a huge shaved spot on his lower back, and a host of medications. Oh, and I've got a $191 vet bill. Fun.
So, what I'm wondering is, is there anyway to treat hot spots yourself? If I had noticed him scratching is there something I could have done? And, if I didn't notice until he had a full-blown hot spot, is there anything I can do other than fork over $100+ bucks at the vet?
Zoezoe is right, Gold Bond Medicated powder is wonderful. I clip the hair around the area to get good exposure. Probably should start a flea treatment. Hot spots can spread very quickly, sometimes it seems likey they pop up overnight. I usually first clean with Betadine, dry throughly, and then apply the powder. Neo-Predef powder works, but more expensive and only available from a vet.
Guinness had his first case of hotspots last summer.... His was on his stomach. The vet suggested shaving the area surrounding the spots... than scrub the area with a tea tree oil shampoo with a gauze pad. Now, I thought that scrubbing the area would just increase his discomfort... but he loved it!!!!! After that we put a cone on him until the area dried... after a few treatments over a couple of days... they cleared up...