Q. What else can I use to remove the bacteria spots on my dog besides hot spot she is 11yrs.old and a long hair chawow
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Unfortunately bacterial skin infections almost always need to be treated with antibiotics in order to get them to resolve. More importantly the underlying cause needs to be addressed - typically that's allergies, either to food or to something in the environment. Dogs that are itchy will scratch and scratch, and doing so sets the up for bacterial infections and hot spots.
Usually the vet needs to clip the fur and clean the area, and then prescribe drugs to control the itchiness and to treat the infection. This is a problem that needs to be addressed with your veterinarian's help.