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I have a question. My daughter has a 1 yr old havanese, and she just started scratching under her chin like crazy. She will rub it on the carpet too. It is red and irritated big time. No signs of bites, swelling etc. Any ideas as to what to do for it? Would it be what they call a hot spot? What would you do for it? Thanks
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Personally, I'd take her to the vet.


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sounds like a hot spot to me. I always thought they were caused by fleas. My little schnauzers used to get them. When I finally got control of the flea problem no more hot spots.

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Definetly not fleas. I have heard of hot spots, but dont know what causes them.
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My private-rescue Havanese, Camellia, who just turned five, has been diagnosed with allergic dermatitis. Maybe your daughter's dog has something like that; I believe it's not uncommon in Havanese. Usually, I believe, it takes a little time to show up; doesn't occur immediately.

I WOULD check on the simpler idea first, though; what makes your daughter so sure no fleas? It would only take one flea-bite to set off scratching in a dog who is allergic to flea bites.

I agree with Karen; I would get a veterinarian to look into this; try to get a diagnosis.

Camellia came to me when she was 3.5 years old, and her allergic dermatitis hadn't shown up yet at that time. Now that it has, I have her on a special shampoo and spray, which helps a lot, but also, she still requires antihistamines to keep her comfortable.

It IS important to deal with this and reduce the itching; otherwise, your daughter risks skin damage, and maybe other complications.

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Thanks, she is calling the vet tomorrow.
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My girl Misty use to scratch her chin and lick her paws, her first diagnosis was dermatitis, I took her to a specialist after it kept getting worse and worse, she has a flea allergy and they also found deep tissue pyoderma and a secondary yeast infection, after many weeks of being on the right medicines she is doing great. I still have to give her Benadryl 1/3 twice a day and on wet days wash her feet with a special shampoo and she uses comfortis for flea control, the shampoo strips her coat.

If it is a allergy you need to get a handle on so it does not get out of control, not only are they miserable, but all the itching and chewing makes everybody around them painful.

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