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Question by hunter
Submitted on 7/19/2003
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how do you deal and control hot spots on golden retrievers during the hot summer months?

Answer by Rick C.
Submitted on 8/25/2003
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Give them baths in the early AM, when you know they will dry during the day, don't let them stay wet, use a cool hair dryer if you must.  Once we learned this our golden never had another hot spot.


Answer by JL
Submitted on 11/3/2003
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A lot of hot spots are reactions to food. Make suer your dog is eating a properly balanced diet and has no preservatives or food colorings in their diet

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Answer by mssolidgold@yahoo.com
Submitted on 5/31/2004
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My golden has had problems since puppy days during our hot, humid southern summers. It's a constant fight from June-Sept. Shots at the vet, antiboitics for the secondary infections, baths in tea tree oil shampoo, Resihist leave-in conditioner lotion,then Benadryl 50 mg. twice a day for itching, double DermTabs, normally 1 a day, with food. Domebro cool compresses several times a day, and I've found that changing to Nutro lamb and rice food helped his skin in general. However, we've started on the hot spot cycle this week. I'm desperate at this point. This is a guide puppy that I got 5 years ago to raise, and he flunked out because of his skin problems. He had two terrible summers, then three no problems ones after I changed to Nutro, now we're back in the old pattern. What to do?


Answer by mayrab1@yahoo.com
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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I have noticed that since I started giving my Golden Nutro Rice & Lamb food - it's been horrible! she gets hot spots almost every month!  She was doing fine with the Nutro large breed regular formula (blue bag) but I'm starting to think she has an allergy to the lamb...   I have her on antibiotics now and I hate it - I feel bad putting her on antibiotics for so long...


Answer by jsz
Submitted on 9/29/2004
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My Golden Retriever also suffers from hot spots. I find that there is a correlation between his getting ear infections and the hot spots. It seems that after a few days on antibiotic ear drops he gets a hot spot. Our vet switched him to a different antibiotic ear drop the last two times but he did get hot spots once again. Summer is the worst for his ears and his hot spots. We feed him Purina One. I just switched to the 'sensetive formula' hoping it will help.


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