Our 10-year old Lab mix has encountered Hot Spots for the first time in his life about 6 weeks ago. Here's what happened.
- Vet administered a shot of Diphenhydramine (anti-allergen) and gave him Cephalexin (antibiotic) for 2 weeks.
- Hot Spots eventually disappeared.
- They returned a week or so afterwards.
- Brought him to a different vet and was given Cefpodoxime (antibiotic) and an anti-allergen called Oclacitinib.
- Hot Spots disappeared.
- Now, they're back for a 3rd time.
- The sores are wet and emit a bad odor.
- For the past 2 days, we've cleaned and dried the Hot Spots and used a few doses of 1% Cortisone.
- We are also using the E collar in case he was licking while we weren't looking.
- The sores are looking very slightly less rough and are scabbing but no real positive progression. Additional info which might be useful.
- Never ever is he ever given table scraps.
- His food is Acana Adult Large Breed which is Chicken-based. (https://acana.com/our-foods/dog-food...t-large-breed/
- He is not given any treats.
- Reading about food allergies and how chicken is the most common one, we switched foods to Acana Lamb & Apple (https://acana.com/usa/our-foods/dog-...es/lamb-apple/
- My wife read about the small possibility of allergy to the fluoride in tap water so we've been giving him filtered water.
- He was given a Cesar Millan bone twice before this started. No more since.
- Before this started, he did not lick more than is normal for cleaning purposes.
We can obviously go back to the vet but we will likely be given more antibiotics and I do not believe pumping my dog full of drugs is necessarily the way to go, especially since we haven't been able to make any progress on the root cause.
What concerns me is the fact that the environment and food cannot be more controlled and restricted than they are and he has been perfectly healthy for the 7 years we've had him and out of nowhere now has these Hot Spots at the tail-end of winter for seemingly no reason whatsoever. No bugs are present, no pollen, etc.
We're at our wits end and do not know how to proceed to permanently get rid of these Hot Spots. Aside from not enjoy the collar, our boy is in great spirits but we want him to be perfectly comfortable and healthy. He is not overweight either.
*** ANY advice given will be very much appreciated! ***