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Hot Spot 101 - Please Help A Rookie GR Dad

Hello everyone!

I am the proud Dad of an amazing 15 month old GR. When I first got him a month ago, he had two minor hot spots near his groin, that were easily treated with GentaSpray.

Two days ago, while petting/brushing him, I felt several bumps on his neck, near his collar line. Upon close inspection, I discovered four hot spots, the size of quarters, one of which had some discharge. I took my baby to the vet the next morning, and he got a shot, some antibiotics, and some more spray. Problem solved, right?

Today while at Wag-N-Wash (GREAT do it yourself dog washing place), I discovered more early hot spots on his paws, hip, etc.

Here are my questions for you veterans:

Do hot spots ever resolve themselves, or do they always require intervention?

Do you take your GR to the vet for each and every hot spot, or only the big scary ones?

Other than being mindful of allergy and dampness conditions, can you prevent hot spots?

Is there like an anti-hotspot vitamin?

  • What do you guys do to prevent/treat hotspots?


I don't mean to sound neurotic, but I don't want anything to hurt my little guy, and it makes me nuts worrying about him. What really scares me is that I would not have seen/felt these little new hot spots, unless I was able to see them while blow-drying my GR. I brush him every day, I use the Furminator, pin brush and a rake, and work hard at keeping him in tiptop shape. Having seen photos of really bad hotspots, I take this really seriously, and want to be the best Dad I can.

Any tips or advice would be GREATLY appreciated.


Thanks much!
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Hi! Welcome to the forum! You said you got your golden a month ago? Where did he come from? Also if you don't mind me asking are you in a warm climate area? It seems like your golden has way too many hotspots on him and I would be worried too. What did your vet say? How many did he see when he checked him over?
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According to our vet hot spots can be the result of allergies. We're trying food eliminations to see if they stop. Corn is a big allergen -- what are you feeding? They can be the results of mats, but since you groom your golden well, that's probably not it. Do you find your golden licks a lot in the suspect areas? If so, a cone may help break the habit.

Not all hot spots require a vet. If you find them early and treat them you may be okay. Lots of people swear by gold bond powder.

My main concern would be to verify it's hot spots, not something else needing vet care. A change of diet may do the world of good. Good luck.
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Hi! Welcome to the forum! You said you got your golden a month ago? Where did he come from? Also if you don't mind me asking are you in a warm climate area? It seems like your golden has way too many hotspots on him and I would be worried too. What did your vet say? How many did he see when he checked him over?

Hi, thanks so much for the warm welcome!


My GR came from Michigan (we left it was -1 and four feet of snow) and we live in Phoenix, AZ. You are exactly right, it is warm here, in the 90s even this week!

The vet wasn't too worried, he said I caught the hot spots early (but this was before I located the other ones) and he gave him a shot, a week's worth of antibiotics, and some spray. The vet only saw the spots on his neck, but he did a through exam, checked ears, lungs, etc.

I guess I just don't want to be so reactive, I would rather do some prevention, since my goal is a long, healthy happy life with my baby boy.

Food wise, he has been on the same food for a long time, the only variation is that last weekend I bought him some small treats that are new, and he might have reacted to that. Since then, I am ONLY giving him his food that he is used to, hopefully that will help prevent hot spots. Can something as simple as a new snack effect dogs like this? Wow?!
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Do hot spots ever resolve themselves, or do they always require intervention?
In my experience, hot spots do always require intervention or they spread and become worse.

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Do you take your GR to the vet for each and every hot spot, or only the big scary ones?


No, I don't take my dog to the vet for hot spots. I catch them early and I use Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I have always had 100% sucess treating her hot spots with this powder.

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Other than being mindful of allergy and dampness conditions, can you prevent hot spots?


Hot spots can be prevented, yes. If your dog is prone to hot spots, I would change to a super premium dog food, and perhaps a grain free food. Also, be vigilant, know the condition of your dog's skin. Brush him, pet him everyday, catch the problems early and choose a treatment that works. Be careful with the fleas, make sure your dog is protected. Flea bites are notorious for causing hot spots. Take care to help your dog stay cool when the summer months get hot. And take his collar off indoors, especially if he's wet.

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Is there like an anti-hotspot vitamin?


I'm not aware of one but I think Salmon Oil can generally be helpful with skin issues.

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What do you guys do to prevent/treat hotspots?


I use Gold Bond Medicated Powder, Extra Strength. Comes in a green bottle. I use it at the first sign of trouble, even for a minor skin irritation or if I see my dog is itching a particular area repeatedly. Sometimes I use it just to cool her off when it's very warm.

I stay away from crappy high-grain dog foods. And in the summer months when she swims a lot, I bathe her regularly with an anti-fungal shampoo I get from the vet.

I brush her thoroughly everyday in the summer so I know what's happening with her skin. And I file her nails after I clip them so they are smooth ... so if she does scratch herself, she won't be so inclined to break the skin.
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According to our vet hot spots can be the result of allergies. We're trying food eliminations to see if they stop. Corn is a big allergen -- what are you feeding? They can be the results of mats, but since you groom your golden well, that's probably not it. Do you find your golden licks a lot in the suspect areas? If so, a cone may help break the habit.

Not all hot spots require a vet. If you find them early and treat them you may be okay. Lots of people swear by gold bond powder.

My main concern would be to verify it's hot spots, not something else needing vet care. A change of diet may do the world of good. Good luck.
Hi, thanks so much for the reply, I greatly appreciate it.

I feed my guy Purina One Lamb and Rice. He has been on it, and the vet said it is good, and stay on it.

I will try the Gold Bond powder, I am pretty confident they are hot spots, in the early stages. He was just examined by the vet yesterday, and has a clean bill of health.

I mentioned in an earlier post, I did introduce two new treats last weekend, which I have since elminiated.
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Welcome, and congratulations on choosing a Golden.

Because your boy is having frequently recurring hot spots, or, some sort of dermatitis, I would have your vet check him. Frequent hot spots can be a symptom of other issues, not the least being hypothyroidism, which is a very common disease in Goldens. Food allergies, contact dermatitis, and other environmental issues can also be a cause. I would want to eliminate anything physiological.

Treating hot spots is fine, but it is most helpful to find the cause and eliminate that.
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Hi, thanks so much for the warm welcome!


My GR came from Michigan (we left it was -1 and four feet of snow) and we live in Phoenix, AZ. You are exactly right, it is warm here, in the 90s even this week!

The vet wasn't too worried, he said I caught the hot spots early (but this was before I located the other ones) and he gave him a shot, a week's worth of antibiotics, and some spray. The vet only saw the spots on his neck, but he did a through exam, checked ears, lungs, etc.

I guess I just don't want to be so reactive, I would rather do some prevention, since my goal is a long, healthy happy life with my baby boy.

Food wise, he has been on the same food for a long time, the only variation is that last weekend I bought him some small treats that are new, and he might have reacted to that. Since then, I am ONLY giving him his food that he is used to, hopefully that will help prevent hot spots. Can something as simple as a new snack effect dogs like this? Wow?!
It is possible the change in weather climate is affecting him! AZ is a big temp. change from Ohio! Have you been taking him out in the heat alot? I would try to gradually get him used to the temps out there....Keep him cool and like the others said try to get them early and use the gold bond. Also try to make sure he doesn't lick them which could also make them worse. Good luck!
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In my experience, hot spots do always require intervention or they spread and become worse.



No, I don't take my dog to the vet for hot spots. I catch them early and I use Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I have always had 100% sucess treating her hot spots with this powder.
Can you please share with me your tips on locating and getting to them early? I asked my vet, and he told me I can palpate them and that will find them, but Fozzie's new little hot spots, are flush with his skin, they do not protrude, so I would not feel them with palpation alone. Also, even though I brush him daily, I never can see as well as when I am using a blow dryer on him. Ugh.


Hot spots can be prevented, yes. If your dog is prone to hot spots, I would change to a super premium dog food, and perhaps a grain free food. Also, be vigilant, know the condition of your dog's skin. Brush him, pet him everyday, catch the problems early and choose a treatment that works. Be careful with the fleas, make sure your dog is protected. Flea bites are notorious for causing hot spots. Take care to help your dog stay cool when the summer months get hot. And take his collar off indoors, especially if he's wet.

It is funny you mention fleas. My guy is not on any flea preventative. My vet discussed it with me and stated we don't really have a flea problem in Phoenix (fifth biggest city in the US) and he rarely sees them as a problem. He also is cautious about exposing pets to chemicals like that unless it is really needed.

I'm not aware of one but I think Salmon Oil can generally be helpful with skin issues.



I use Gold Bond Medicated Powder, Extra Strength. Comes in a green bottle. I use it at the first sign of trouble, even for a minor skin irritation or if I see my dog is itching a particular area repeatedly. Sometimes I use it just to cool her off when it's very warm.
I will buy some tonight! Thanks for the tip. I am guessing when I see an early hot spot, apply a liberal amount of Gold bond to the site? Do you do this once daily, or more often?


I stay away from crappy high-grain dog foods. And in the summer months when she swims a lot, I bathe her regularly with an anti-fungal shampoo I get from the vet.
What do you consider crappy? I'm new to this, and when he was at his service dog school, they had him on Purina One, Lamb & Rice, which I didn't really think was top notch, but our local vet said it is good also.

I brush her thoroughly everyday in the summer so I know what's happening with her skin. And I file her nails after I clip them so they are smooth ... so if she does scratch herself, she won't be so inclined to break the skin.
Thanks so much for the input!
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Welcome, and congratulations on choosing a Golden.

Because your boy is having frequently recurring hot spots, or, some sort of dermatitis, I would have your vet check him. Frequent hot spots can be a symptom of other issues, not the least being hypothyroidism, which is a very common disease in Goldens. Food allergies, contact dermatitis, and other environmental issues can also be a cause. I would want to eliminate anything physiological.

Treating hot spots is fine, but it is most helpful to find the cause and eliminate that.

Foz has had a full work up a month ago. He checked all lab vaules, you name it. Also had a 'desert K9 lab series' to look for valley fever, and other unique AZ issues.
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