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BPO Medical Forum => Treatment & Preventative Meds => : GeegLuvMyDogs September 01, 2007, 08:18:04 AM

: ??How Do I Know WHAT It Is??
: GeegLuvMyDogs September 01, 2007, 08:18:04 AM
Since yesterday afternoon (Fri. 8/31), our Newf, Ebony, has lost CHUNKS of fur off her backside because she has been chewing herself RAW.  Last night there was one "hot spot" on her rump, now tonight we can see another couple developing.  We're really worried. 

Question:  how do I know IF it's fleas? I'm assuming it is and that she's digging at the bites.  How do I know if it's worms??

After a too-long hiatus from using Frontline, we did apply it last night, but after reading a bunch of posts here I'm reminded that it's not an "instant cure".

We need some help and insight!  Thanks!

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: GoldenPyrs September 01, 2007, 11:44:06 AM
Ouch, poor baby!  We had a pyr years ago that was very prone to hot spots.  The best med that she ever had prescribed was a powder that contained a topical antibiotic, cortisone & a local anesthetic.  We kept it on hand for her after that.  I don't recall now what it was called (this was 8 yrs ago), but it gave her almost immediate relief from the itching & pain, healed quickly, was easy and less painful & messy to apply than sprays & creams.  If your vet recognizes this description and will prescribe it, it's a wonderful med for hot spots.  I hope that she's feeling better soon!   :-*
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: Ouch September 01, 2007, 03:26:07 PM
I've been through this twice now with my Springer over the past 7 years and agree .. as soon as you catch it you clip the surrounding area and clean .. the last episode it got so bad so quickly within 48 hrs, the vet had to put him under to clip and clean it .. on Cephalexin 500 mg for 14 days and I will always have the Betagen Topical Spray on hand.  The vet has some pill (I cannot remember the name) but he gave Emmitt one at his office and said get him home ASAP and do not let him in your house for at least 3 hours .. and like he said the fleas could be seen departing poor old Em.  I use Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils - 8 drops of each to a cup of water and keep it in a plant mister by the door and just as an added protection mist my dogs before we go out NOTE:  ESSENTIAL OILS ARE DANGEROUS TO CATS/KITTENS  I also frontline my animals too.
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: jc1231 September 01, 2007, 05:35:51 PM
Oooohhh! I'm going to give Solarcane a try. :o

My husband and I have been battling a rash (similar to athlete's foot in appearance) on Duke's under-carriage for over a year now (vet visits included), with no results. :-\

Thank you for the tip.

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: GeegLuvMyDogs September 02, 2007, 07:20:28 AM
First of all....THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the responses!  It goes SO FAR knowing that I'm not in this alone on a holiday weekend, trying to figure out what's going on with Ebony.

My husband washed her hot spots (now up to three but they haven't gotten any bigger today) with hydrogen peroxide and applied Solarcaine early this afternoon. So far so good.  She's not digging at herself and spent most of the afternoon lying next to the house on the back porch.  Tonight she seems a little perkier this evening.  She didn't eat at all yesterday but she did have some dinner tonight.  She's been drinking water pretty good.

I hear you COMPLETELY on staying AHEAD on the flea issue.  I am currently looking for DE (does anyone know if Home Depot carries the non-pool kind that's okay for pets?).

Thanks everyone.  My goal here is that someday I can be the one with an encouraging word or some well spoken knowledge to help someone else!

Gigi & Ebony
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: navarre1316 September 02, 2007, 07:30:29 AM
You can find DE in Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart....  I can't wait to get a few days without rain (but we do sooo need what we've been getting) so that I can put some down because it's ineffective after it gets wet.  I hope the Solarcaine works for you!