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I'm inclined to believe the same - a hot spot. If that's the case, the best therapy is to keep the spot dry. Jo Ellen has a "hot spot cure" that she swears by. She uses medicated Gold Bond Powder.
The following is a post authored by Jo Ellen on another forum. I know she wouldn't mind me reposting it as it will, hopefully, bring relief to your fur-baby. Anyways, here goes:
Jo Ellen's Hot Spot Cure: Extra Strength Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
I have used it myself, several times. The last episode was several years ago when one hot spot turned into half a dozen over a large area in just 2 days. I was trying hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil, Wonderdust (which was AWFUL by the way) -- not working. I was just that close to going to the vet and having her shaved, steroids, the whole 9-yards when I ran across a suggestion to use the Gold Bond. I tried it. I poured it on liberally, on all affected areas, patted it down and prayed. Not 12 hours later, I could see a huge noticeable improvement. The redness was gone, the pus was dried, the wounds were drying. It was practically miraculous. I swear. The hot spots were all gone, all of them, completely, in less than a week.
I am never without the Gold Bond during the summer months. I don't keep her collar on her when she's indoors or when she's wet. I brush her daily and am very aware all the time what her skin is doing. I use the gold bond when she's hot or when she's just generally itchy, after she comes out of the pond she likes to fish in....she hasn't had a hot spot in over two years. I used to dread these things like nothing else, but not anymore.
Try the gold bond first. Be liberal with it, it's not going to hurt. Stay away from wet ointments as they don't promote the drying that is needed, not the same way the Gold Bond does. If you don't notice an improvement within 24 hours, then you're best bet is the vet. But I'd bet money it won't be necessary.
Do yourself and your golden a favor -- get the Gold Bond. It's got a strong smell but you get used to it after a while. And if there ever comes a time when you need it and you see how well it works, you won't care anymore how it smells. It's just a godsend, pure and simple.
That's my testimony