Thanks Lisa that is allot of great information. I have one more question about Her hot spots. She has some hot spots that are coming out again I cant afford to take Her to the vet but give her regular baths and use over the counter products like shampoo but they are getting worse is there anything you can suggest to help her?
Hot spots are something we see all the time, and we see them in heavy coated dogs (Goldens and Labs are both famous for getting them).
If you are able to, clip the hair around the hot spot so that you are able to see what you're working with better. Scrub it twice daily with a mild antibacterial soap. Leave the soap on for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and dry the area. You can apply a topical antibiotic cream containing hydrocortisone to the hot spot 2- 3 times a day. It's very important that you keep her from scratching at the area, as this will delay healing and most likely cause infection.