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Multiple Hotspots -- advice please

Lily is our 10 1/2 year old female bulldog. (the picture is of Nelson, who we lost last summer) About 6 weeks ago she got her first hot spot -- we had no idea what it was and took her right to the vet. The hair around the area was shaved and she was put on a course of antibiotics and it cleared up. A few days later there was another one - in a different spot -- same treatment. Then a little while later she got 2 more -- this time no antibiotics, just the shaving and some neosporin. Yesterday another one appeared. She has had them on her back, her rump and her upper chest.  I'd appreciate any advice on why they might suddenly be appearing like this and if there is anything else we should do for her.  Many thanks.

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Laurie w/ Lily

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Any recent changes

to her diet or location.  Anything that might stress her, any change in laundry soaps, floor cleaners, carpet cleaners. 

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

And if you bathe her, make sure...

to completely rinse off ALL the shampoo.  Helen D had a remedy for hot spots, she would dab them with plain brown Listerine and when dry, sprinkle gold bond medicated powder on them and they would clear up quickly.  

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Multiple hotspots

Many thanks -- I haven't bathed her since these started -- concerned that I could not get her dry enough and that would make things worse. When she does have a bath, her shampoo is Allermyl -- for sensitive skin. The odd thing is that she never had one for the first 10+ years of her life and now she's getting one after another!

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Multiple hotspots

No change to food or routine in several months.  She's on Royal Canin Bulldog food. She also takes Carprofen twice a day for her bad hind legs and a zantac in the morning for her stomach issues.  In June she lost her life-long buddy Nelson and was not herself for weeks - but has rebounded. She's an old girl now and doesn't spend much time outside - preferring to snooze near us, where ever we are. The one weird thing I have noticed is that she sometimes licks the leather sofa!  She is a much-loved girl and we are both home most of the time and so she's usually with one of us -- no new stresses that I can think of.

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I would have her tested

for Addisons, Cushings and or the thyroid.

Good luck

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Lynn King CPDT-KA