My 2-yr old aussie shepherd (that I have had for about a year) has a tendency to get little skin irritations (a few times on paws, but now one on hip) that he worries over and licks until he licks the hair off in that area and ends up with a hot spot. On his paws, we can wrap them, and after maybe a week, the problem goes away and the hair grows back. Not a perfect solution because he often pulls the wrap off, but at least we now know how that cycle goes. We can't wrap the current hot spot on his hip, and there is no way a Elizabethan collar would be an option here.
Note: He is a lovable, happy fellow, but he is THE MOST DIFFICULT DOG EVER to try to treat for any ailment! If I (or the vet) try to hold him down, or control him to inspect something, he struggles away as if you are about to torture him. Plus, when I put various anti-hot-spot liquids on his current hot spot, and include some of that bitter tasting 'Doggy Yuck!' stuff on it as well, he licks it right off. I think he likes the taste of the Yuck! stuff. An E-collar on this dog would produce epic mayhem...trust me. Plus it would prevent him from going out thru his doggy door.
I give him Benadryl twice day (when he has a hot spot) to dial down the itchiness...but I am not sure it does much. He does not chew at the hot spot incessantly, fortunately, but does so enough that he has removed the hair in that area, and to make us feel more than a little sorry for his discomfort. Maybe removing the hair is just fine...maybe that helps the healing process. Looks a bit nasty and raw though.
For the record, as has been the past with his paw incidents, we cannot find anything stuck in his skin (like a foxtail) that is causing the irritation. If it is in there, it is too small to detect, and he doesn't let us look too closely for too long.
So, if anyone can recommend any topical solutions that seem to be particularly effective, thanks for letting me know. Is there something a vet might prescribe, like prednisone, that might be effective? If so, I'd be interested in having that stuff on hand to occasionally use as needed (not on a regular basis...don't recall what the side effects are, but I am sure there are some).
Thanks in advance for any advice at all,