That's weird to have a hotspot in the winter, although it is hard to tell it's winter around here
I don't know about hotspots being food related. They seem to me to be heat related, especially when the dog swims a lot. Interestingly, Emma (who is black) has never had a hot spot and Tess (who is yellow) has had a few. My friends and I took an informal poll and hotspots seem to be more of a yellow dog problem.
Susan, I so agree. Yellow dogs seem to have much more skin problems. Magnum has never had any skin problems in her six years. With Ruger, it seems I get one thing cleared up and something else happens. He does swim a lot.
I'm just loath to cut the hair away from these as I have shows coming up. I'm treating 2x a day with hydrogen peroxide to get them dried up. So far it's working, they seem less raw looking today.
alot of people have said that hot spots are caused by grain (corn rice barely oats wheat etc). One other recomendation is to add some fish oil (not cod liver oil but whole body pressed oil)to them as this helps the skin and coat.
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