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Help!!! My boy Carl (3 years old) loves loves loves to swim! I love that he loves to swim however, he gets wicked hot spots during the summer! I bought a fantastic groomer-grade dryer that is a lifesaver! Unfortunately, no matter how diligent I am to dry him after swimming he always gets nasty hot spots! My question to you all is what if I give him an aggressive summer puppy haircut? Will shorter hair help prevent so many hot spots? Will he even look like a golden anymore? He has the most beautiful, soft, fluffy fur that I brush constantly but these hot spots are my nemesis!! I’m terrified to cut his gorgeous hair but will do it now if somebody reassures me it will reduce the risk of multiple spots all summer. Keeping him out of the water is not an option. He literally lives to eat and swim!!!
 

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I live on the NC Coast, there's a small beach at the end of my street for Residents only.
I have always taken my guys swimming several times throughout the week during the summer.

It is very humid here, we have triple digit temps during July and August. I am on my 3rd Golden, my first boy is the only one that ever had a hot spot......

What food are you feeding? The reason I am asking, depending on what you're feeding, it could be contributing to the hot spots. 8 years ago I started feeding Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive skin and stomach. It has a lot of Omega 3s in it. My current boy had stomach issues and feeding the PPP SSS was the reason I tried it, but it works great on their skin and coat.

It is not recommended to shave Goldens, the hair keeps them cooler and it also protects their skin from the sun. A puppy cut might work which would be easier to manage if you're at the beach a lot.

I have never shaved any of my goldens down, they swim in the InterCoastal waterway which is salt water. When I get back to the house, I hose the sand and salt off of them. I don't bathe them weekly during the summer since they have always been at the beach and swimming a lot during the summer. I don't use a dryer on them after I hose them off. I stay outside with them for quite a while until they are dry enough to come inside.
 

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I feed him Purina Pro Plan but not for sensitive stomachs....I will absolutely give that a try! And thank you for snapping me out of my thoughts about shaving him down too much!! He needs a good haircut but nothing drastic...I’m gun shy to take him anywhere because the one and only time I took him to a groomer they butchered it! It’s not easy finding groomers that know what each breed needs!! Thanks for helping me!! So very appreciate it!!
 

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I used to trim up the feathers on my Bridge girl, she spent almost more time rolling in the sand than she did the water........ she was a HUGE tomboy.

I think the PPP SSS may help your dog's skin, I didn't feed it to my bridge boy and as I said before, he was the only one that ever had a hot spot.
 

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Are you drying him immediately after swimming? It is often the lying around damp in humid air that can cause the hot spots. Even a good towelling off right after the swim (a good 2-towel job) will help til you can get to the dryer. Also, take off his collar after swimming, so it is not sitting on damp fur.



I would not ever shave a Golden down. It exposes their skin to the sun, and they can get sun burns.
 

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I feed him Purina Pro Plan but not for sensitive stomachs....I will absolutely give that a try! And thank you for snapping me out of my thoughts about shaving him down too much!! He needs a good haircut but nothing drastic...I’m gun shy to take him anywhere because the one and only time I took him to a groomer they butchered it! It’s not easy finding groomers that know what each breed needs!! Thanks for helping me!! So very appreciate it!!
I would definitely try switching to the PPP Sensitive Skin and Stomach. I personally would try the salmon version of the food. I have found that the fish oils are very helpful for skin issues. My puppy is on the PPP Lg Breed Puppy Chicken and I add a fish oil supplement for his skin and coat. (as well as joints on the advice of my ortho)

Make sure you transition over slowly.
 

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What type of water is he swimming in, river, creek, lake, pond or ocean? It's possibl there is a contaminate in the water, especially if it's a closed water source like a pond or lake. Does it happen in multiple places he swims or does he only swim in one place? Look into your States department or natural resources and there should be a bulletin page of issues for people or dogs. For example blue-green algae is toxic for dogs if they ingest it so they post when there is an algae bloom.

Obviously it could be allergies but also the place he swims is a bad place for him it dogs in general.
 

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He swims in everything he can find. Ponds, lakes, ocean, streams, rivers, puddles!! He also swims in our pool which is salt water. He gets hot spots no matter what. I am slowly transitioning him onto the Purina Pro Plan Sensitivie Stomach the Salmon one. It’s too early to see any improvement but I’m hopeful! I have been extra careful about drying him immediately after he swims. I bought an industrial blow dryer like the groomers use. It drys him super fast and efficient! I have made an appointment for him to get a trim for the summer but will definitely not shave him! I thank you all for taking the time to help me! Any and all suggestions are so appreciated!!
 
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