Golden retriever, meaning they get them all the time and by now I’m familiar with them.
For those who don’t know, a hot spot its when some irritation–a bit of sand, or whatever*–gets itched at by the dog, and eventually the hair gets pulled out a little and the skin starts to become scratched and red and abraded.
A really bad, unattended-to large hot spot can be a real vet situation, when it suppurates and he might even need some antibiotics. This is by no means that.
What I do is put a little Bond’s Medicated Salve and powder on the thing–my breeder also mentioned that black schmear that football players wear on their cheek against the sun–and easy peasy. But they still want to scratch/bite where it itches.
This one’s right at the base of his penis, and I’ll watch hime when I can. I can’t think what else to do besides getting out the Hateful Cone of Shame. Any ideas?
*Or, naturally, which my wife without evidence insists, when one’s husband was terribly terribly careless and nicked his flesh while cutting off a hard mat of hair the other day.