Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:29 am Post subject: hot spot issues
so i got up sunday, went out to mimi, and saw a raw bloody spot on her neck. no idea how she got it/what caused it but i've been cleaning it daily and applying neosporin but she is a huge fighter when it comes to having to restrain her. i noticed her scratching it earlier and i think this is the root cause. when i clean it i can't find an obvious source for the blood so i assume shes just scratching it when i'm still asleep. since she's scratching, i gave her a benedryl but i wanted to know if theres anything i can give for pain. i think baby aspirin is ok but what dose? if i can't restrain her to clean it tomorrow i might have to plop her in the tub and just pour warm water over her neck
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Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:21 am Post subject: Re: hot spot issues
I wouldn't do aspirin because it's a blood thinner. I doubt she would bleed to death, but you want the blood to clot.
If you can, get some Gold Bond powder. I use the neosporin with the pain reliever in it (maybe neosporin plus or something?) then I sprinkle the powder over the neosporin. That will help dry it up.
The best way to get the gel on the spot though is to shave the spot or at least cut the fur as close as you can to the skin. If you can't do it, very hard to do on a dog by yourself, you could ask a groomer to do it.
When Petunia scratch her cheek so badly, I took the self adhering wrap that many vets use for wounds now and wrapped her paw with it. Because she was so violent with her scratching, I wound up wrapping her paw in cotton, putting a baby sock over the cotton, then wrapping it with the gauze stuff. She didn't like it, but it kept her claws from doing any more damage.
Depending on where the spot is, if you can keep her from getting to the spot, either with a t shirt or with the sock, that's the best thing to help it heal over.
If you still want to try the baby aspirin, one aspirin is the dose. Isabelle gets two a day when her arthritis bothers her, but I think you can do the same dosage that it says on the bottle. It does need to be the low dosage and not the 325 mg. 81 mgs is the low dose since it's not called baby aspirin anymore.
Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:34 am Post subject: Re: hot spot issues
well its kinda on her neck/shoulder on thr right and its a big bald patch about the size of my thumbprint. she scratches it with her right rear leg. she also does this weird twitchy thing where its like something is biting her but i dont see any evidence of bites. i think what i'm gonna do is get that self-adeshive wrap, wrap a couple of times with some gauze then put her harness over it. normally i like her to be 'nakie' when she's inside but i hink where its located would be covered by the harness and wouldn't require wrapping her foot
Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:16 am Post subject: Re: hot spot issues
well everything i've tried is an epic failure. the self adhesive wrap wouldn't stay in place once she moved, the t-shirts wouldn't either. i can't cover her back foot because she pottys on paper and her feet are routinely in her pee. so trying to cover it would only mean she'd scratch it with a filthy foot. i'm at my wits end at this point because she hates being restrained and this is really a two person job. i have a friend who's a groomer. i'm taking mimi monday and she's going to help me decide what to do. i got a good bit of gunk off it today with just water so i'm hopin if we get her in the high walled grooming tub and just rinse the area with plain warm water we'll be able to degunk it considerably. but i realize i'm probably going to have to take her to the vet which means i probably won't be eating for the next week. the vet i go to is fine except that they are ridiculously expensive. to even see her you have to pay the office fee of $35, which is all the money i have right now. *sigh* i'm just frustrated because she wont let me do anything to her and i'm devastated because i know shes in pain/uncomfortable. and i'm a worrier so i'm petrified its something other than a routine hot spot. at least you guys understand
Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:45 pm Post subject: Re: hot spot issues
Is it located where one of those head collar things would keep her from scratching it? My Ranger gets them occasionally. I use a spray from the pet store called pet relief it is for hot spots an its an anti-itch spray. It works fairly well as long as you can get her to stop scratching. I have duct taped a sock to his hind leg before. The gauze wraps didn't work even when I tried an ace bandage to hold it on. Good luck, I know they are not fun, and the smell Yuck!
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