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My dog is very uncomfortable Thought she had hot spots

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my dog is very uncomfortable Thought she had hot spots sprayed her, gave her benedril any suggestionsd
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please tell me what you're seeing that suggests that your dog is very uncomfortable. If she's constantly biting at herself and self-mutilating, yes, a hot spot (pyotraumatic dermatitis) can arise. This is best treated with clipping and cleaning the affected area, applying a combination corticosteroid/antibiotic/anesthetic spray, administering a systemic corticosteroid such as prednisone +/- a systemic antibiotic if secondary infection is severe. An Elizabethan collar might need to be installed to prevent her from continuing to excoriate the area. Antihistamines are rarely effective when addressing hot spots. Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.