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A hot spot is a dermatitis such as staph dermatitis or yeast dermatitis. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition though it does not cure the allergy. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears and often in the area in front of the tail if a dog is licking and gnawing on the area due to fleas. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet.
Now for hot spots many owners will shave the area, disinfect it with a mild betadine solution and apply witch hazel, neosporin or triple antibiotic cream. If it is a yeast dermatitis then you can also apply over the counter miconazole cream (found at the pharmacy). Lotimine can also be used as well as it is an anti-fungal as well.
With any skin dermatitis, you need to find the underlying cause though. Many hot spots in front of the tail are due to a flea allergy while others are due to other types of allergies or even mange mites.
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Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms.