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Chow Chow hotspots and hair care questions

Postby Baggios_Friend » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:11 am

Hello All, Its a pleasure to discover this very informative forum.

My chow puppy, Baggio (m), just completed one year, and i have a couple of questions regarding some recurring problems.

1-About a month ago I discovered a circular patch of hair that shriveled to a few remaining soaking wet follicles and an inflamed red spot on his visible skin, very moist with discharge. So it was obvious that it was a hotspot, but was it caused by his constant biting of himself or was it caused by something else i never knew. First time i had this problem it happened in his front left leg, so i followed instructions, cut hair around it and added antibiotic cream and cleaning it daily. It recovered smoothly. The second time it happen was on his back near his tail, but this time it was different, same shriveled hair follicles, empty patch of hair but no inflammation or any discharge, so it looked like he might have just bitten his hair off? Anyways i followed the above steps and its recovering, but he constantly bites around it causing to be constantly wet from his mucous.

2-Second issue i discovered lately was a small area just on the border area of his tummy hair (smooth) and his side hair (rough), where i can visibly see some very small white fungus like scar tissue, (at first it looked like a small incision), as i proceed to check it out the hair just falls off like a diseased area, it was very small circumference but very worrying how easy chunks of hair was falling like. So i proceeded to clean and do above steps.

But now, i am very worried that i have missed something and that this fungus or whatever is happening can cause severe and extensive damage. I hope i didn't write too much, i would much appreciate getting any tips from experienced dog owners to solve this problem, thank you.

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Re: Chow Chow hotspots and hair care questions

Postby rmb » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:39 am

poor baby. Skin issues can be so hard to diagnose. My Chow's hair loss turned out to be sebaceous adenitis which is being treated with a tube of Dermoscent each week between his shoulders. He will always be susceptible to bacterial skin infections because of this condition. It took a doggie dermatologist to diagnose, after over a year of trying to figure out why his hair was falling out. If you have access to a doggie dermatologist, I would recommend - to avoid treating his issue incorrectly. Good luck : )

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Re: Chow Chow hotspots and hair care questions

Postby Rory's Dad » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:29 pm

The 1st two are definitely hotspots. They are not caused by his biting at it, but are worsened by it. Usually an allergic reaction, most likely to food. You can try to find the cause by reviewing his diet. Most often its going to be an ingredient in his regular food (check for wheat or grains, meat byproducts, etc). My Smooth is very sensitive to dairy. A bit of Cheese as a treat is OK, but if I go just a little too much, he will break out with hotspots.

Once you figure that out, or even in the meantime, you want to alleviate the area. A vet will probably subscribe a steroid spray. I find a soothing natural, like oatmeal spray, works just as well to prevent him from chewing on the area. You could also try a drying powder, like corn starch, or a medicated powder like Gold Bond (yes the same powder used for us people, and its a ton cheaper).

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Re: Chow Chow hotspots and hair care questions

Postby Constantina » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:12 am

You know what worked with my Chow's démodéx mange and hotspots which turned out to be caused by a fungus issue due to her compromised immune system? Shampoo with Ketoconazole and Chlorhexidine. You have to commit to using this once a week though. I got mine through Amazon or Allivet. I also get the wipes to apply on the area between showers. The. Brands I use for shampoo are Ketoseb, phytovet or Ketochlor ( depends what they have Available. Best wipes? Pet M.D. The weeping sores dry right up and hair grows back fast.


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