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I know many on this forum recommend the following: trim and/or shave the area to about 1" past the start of the hotspot (as they spread like wild fire!!) then plain brown listerine for cleaning/disinfecting, and once dry a very light dusting of Gold Bond medicated powder. Many people on this forum swear by this remedy.
The remedy I use, and swear by is as follows:
First trim or preferably shave the area where the hotspot is.
Second spray it liberally with Tinactin extra-strength athletes foot spray. Or any athlete's foot spray with the medicinal ingredient miconozale nitrate as the active ingredient (usually a spray with 2%+ is ideal) I spray this stuff on the hot spot at least 4 times a day (they do not like the sound of the spray can when discharging, but you should be ok as it is on their flanks!) - if near the ear, or face I always spray onto a paper towel and pat onto the hotspot. In my opinion this remedy dries those suckers into a nice scab within a few days. The athlete's foot spray is anti-fungal, anti-yeast, anti-itch and most important keeps the area dry and stops the weeping/oozing.
I honestly have had amazing success with this remedy for both Katie and Paddy.
Another thing I do, and I have not had a hotspot since I started doing this - is I add a high quality fish oil (not to be confused with cod liver oil) to their diet. Typically I double their dosage in the summer and/or swimming months to approximately 4000mg per day (2000mg each meal). In the cooler months I taper that off to half. Some websites recommend using as much as 1000mg per 10lbs of body weight, but I use about 1/2 to 3/4 of the recommended amount. I also add some vitamin e, as I have read this helps with the absorption of the fish oils. Get a good quality salmon, mackeral and/or sardine oil.
This is my remedy of choice. I swear by it, and tell everyone I ever see that has a dog suffering with a hotspot!
I hope you have good luck with whatever regiment you choose to use!
All the best to you and your two Goldens!!