German Shepherd Bacterial Skin Infection

Dog skin infection

Dermatitis or Hot Spots

While red spots and inflammation on German Shepherds' skin may also be caused by Skin Allergies (see 19), the more severe skin problems generally develop in the form of actual infections or hot spots. The fur recedes, swelling occurs and the dog starts to show signs of an infection - such as reduced appetite, lethargy, general malaise, and possibly even fever.

Bacterial Skin Infections come in many forms. Superficial Pyoderma, also known as hot spots, is the most common and the one your dog is most likely to experience. They are caused by the overgrowth of bacteria on the surface of the dog’s skin and are avoidable and very easily treatable if caught early and treated right.

Hot spots will most commonly occur on the legs, backside, flanks, and paws – the places where a dog can lick and bite most easily, which means your dog is of high risk to ingest the bacteria too which will lead to seemingly unrelated ailments. Severe hot spots can also appear on the neck, ears and head as well.

Who Gets Skin Infections

Dogs most commonly susceptible to hot spots include those with heavy coats, histories of infections and allergies, fleas, mites, problems with their anal sacs, grooming issues and hair tangles. Keep in mind however that even a perfectly healthy short haired German Shepherd can get hot spots out of nowhere, so it is not a limited issue. Humidity and warmth can increase the risk of hot spots due to trapped moisture.

Warning Signs

There are usually no warning signs before the hot spots appear. They will show up one day and need to be treated immediately. A hot spot is usually indicated by circular patches where the hair is missing and the skin gets swollen, itchy, and exudes pus. Sometimes hair can mat over the lesion, obscuring the size and degree of the problem.

The dog will often lick the affected area and hence ingest the bacteria too, which makes the whole situation much worse. In addition, an affected dog may bite and scratch the area to the point of causing injury or even bleeding - thus spreading the bacteria to the paws and then all over the body!

Avoiding and Treating Skin Infections

To avoid Bacterial Skin Infections in future, target the CAUSE of the problem and address that CAUSE - or you will have frequent recurrences:

  • If it's a grooming issue, make sure you're brushing your German Shepherd regularly - when needed even twice a day. For coat care best are this soft-ended rubber brush, the Furminator, and the Love glove. We now only use the Furminator and Love glove, as we find these tools are totally sufficient and very convenient: pressing a button or blowing to get all the hair off. :-)
  • If your dog has allergies then they usually also promote bacterial skin infections, because the underlying CAUSE is the same: a weak immune system! Thus you MUST address this, or you will be facing ever more costly health problems with your dog! The only solution to strengthen the immune system and overall health(!) is: 1) Only feed fresh homemade natural foods, not commercial crap from rendering plants! 2) Avoid vaccination "boosters" - they do only harm, they have no benefit! 3) Avoid antibiotics - they too do only harm! 4) Avoid Steroids and NSAIDs - they too do only harm!
  • If the cause seems to be psychological (nervousness, separation anxiety, etc), you may need to get your German Shepherd more exercise and keep the dog busy so that (s)he doesn’t get so bored as to cause these infections through intense scratching/grooming.

To treat an existing Skin Infection, several steps are needed to ensure success. First look for fleas, mites, or other external parasites, an insect sting or bite, or injury (skin wound, scrape, etc). Carefully wash away all foreign objects with this soothe cream conditioner. Afterwards apply a strong antiseptic spray to the infected area. When this has dried up (ca 20 seconds), apply Vet's Best Hot Spot Spray as the third step of treatment. Finally, if needed, you may want to hard-bandage the area of the Skin Infection so that your German Shepherd leaves the area alone to heal. Watch your dog closely to ensure (s)he does not lick, chew, or scratch the infected area.

You may be thinking that these three or four steps of avoiding and of treating the Skin Infection are "too much". However, experience shows that dog owners who do anything less or different, generally complain that they can't get rid of the Skin Infection, or that it is recurring. Conversely, the treatment outlined above works. It always works. Only the longer you have already destroyed your dog's immune system with commercial crap (sometimes called "dog food"), with over-vaccination, with antibiotics, and/or with steroids, the longer it will take to heal. Should be obvious. So better avoid all that crap from the start!

Note that an affected dog is usually highly agitated and will not leave the area alone. Some dogs will even growl or snap if the area is touched! So, be very careful with the infected area. Also, don't touch the infected area with your bare hands. Nonetheless wash your hands thoroughly after the treatment, and use an antiseptic lotion on your hands too.

Make sure that you never apply any ointment, lotion, powder, spray, etc close to the eyes, never in the ears, and never in the mouth or nose - unless it is specifically and clearly meant for this body opening! If this happens nonetheless, rinse well under running water, and if serious visit the right veterinarian straight away.

Distract your dog as much as you can to stop licking, chewing or scratching. Outdoor exercise is ideal, unless the sun is burning. Even without an acute skin infection, when the sun is burning, consider to apply a natural dog-suitable sun-block to your dog's lightly haired areas.

Don't let your German Shepherd swim anywhere for at least a week after the hot spot has disappeared completely. Don't bathe your GSD either during this time. A shower is good though because of the cleansing effect of running water and the soothe cream conditioner. Afterwards, again use the strong antiseptic wound spray and Vet's Best Hot Spot Spray. If needed, again hard-bandage the infected area, particularly during night-time.

During the day, ensure that your dog cannot lick, chew, or scratch the treated skin. If (s)he does, you must find ways to prevent boredom! An active dog will not lick, chew, or scratch the treated skin. Some dogs have been known to self-initiate a hot spot out of boredom, pain from a previous injury, or stress-related psychological problems. Hence, consider all these factors as well.

Hot spots that are not treated promptly will often grow and make your dog very irritable and possibly sick. They can also lead to German Shepherd behavior problems. Therefore, immediate treatment as outlined above is advisable.

Note that chronic Skin Infections are often a reason for your vet to test for Hypothyroidism (see 17).

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    This explains my dog's symptoms perfectly. Yet, after visiting three different vets now the problem still remains, in fact, seems worse than ever. I plan to visit a fouth vet next week, however, the feeling of helplessness that I have is becoming unbearable. I just wish I could make this poor dog better again.

    Robert Gray.


      After reading some of these posts, I thought I would share our trials with our dog. After endless research, countless visits to many different vets, and about a year dealing with constant hot spots forming, we found out our dog is allergic to wheat and grain. Wheat and grain is common in many dog treats. Once we changed our food and eliminated treats with wheat and grain, our dog has not had a hot spot in over 6 months. I hope this helps, it broke my heart for such a long time to see our dog suffer from these, but try different foods and/or diet. Best.


        Had you gone through systematically, you would have realized within a day or so that he has an allergy - which is entirely different from an infection. And the money for your "countless visits to many different vets" you could easily have saved (and saved your dog's health) had you only studied our Periodicals - which are invaluable, yet FREE. Because you can't measure value by price.


      Use all natural organic coconut oil - I rub it directly on the hot spots and they are cleared up within a few days. If this doesn't work, use Apple Cider Vinegar, the undistilled "with the mother". It will sting a little, but it will rapidly kill the bacterial infection.


    I feel the same way it makes me sad and aggravated thaht I can't do anything about it I have tried a lot of thing but a few of those tips r new to me I'll give it a try thanks


    All the above symptoms my dog is also suffering, Many potions, creams and shampoos have been tried to no avail, and it is so upsetting to see the animal suffer. I have now tried the above recommendations - and so far, so good!


    My dog also has the same issue. I have visited the vet multiple times and they just keep giving him antibiotics that have done nothing for him. I have a friend of mine that had a dog with the same issues and they tried a shampoo they got on malesab shampoo. you scrub that in there skin while giving them a bath and let it soak for about 15 mins. Im going to try that, she swears by it!! Ill let you all know how it goes.


      HOW MANY TIMES have I warned you - with clear comprehensible reasoning - NOT to take antibiotics! Threehundredtimes?

      anti - biotic
      Against Life!

      Accordingly, unless my dog (or I) was dying, I would NOT take antibiotics. There are always much more effective remedies available that have zero side effects.

      I choose those. You choose what you want. But don't waste my time with your choice. ;-)


        From what I've read on this site your obviously the most informed about German Shepard skin problems what are your recommendations for getting myself up to speed


        Don smith

        Ps I like your no bs pay attention attitude

        Semper Fi


        No idea, getting up to speed with what? Vet exams?


    My Jagermeister has sores on his belly and legs, they are red with a blackish crust on them. They don't seem to itch him and his hair fell out around them. What could this be????

    Help disperate mom!!!!


    ya I feel really sorry for my dog as well going to try essential oils . we have had him to vet as well, ANTIBIOTIC DID NOT WORK!


    My GSD has hotspots on his backside. I'm going to try all the above. Would you suggest shaving his backside 1st or just use the medication above?


      I wouldn't shave, no. If you spray the disinfectant at a shallow angle, it will penetrate through the hair onto the skin. If you think it doesn't, you may want to gently rub a few times against then with the hair-growth to get it onto the skin.
      It may not be an infection, but an allergy?


    Oncein a while my german shepherd bites himself to much above his tail, hes gotten an inspections twice now I've taken him to the vet And all they do is cut his hair and give me some Ointment to put on his infection. What can be causing him to bite himself


    Mine has had many episodes of hot spots. After several vet visits and steroid treatments, they kept returning.
    i finally came to the conclusion that wearing a dog cone would keep her from licking and biting at these sites. Dogs wear these after getting fixed so they can't get to stitches, etc.
    She did not like it, but she healed and now leaves her legs alone:).


      It helps to study the MyGermanShepherd Health Manual, it also explains why steroids one can give to their dog. :-(


    My little guy had this problem occur when I was out of the country and when I got home, I took him to the vet immediately and he was treated with antibiotics, and was doing great for about 7 months, until he started to get them again. This time I just treated it with Neosporen, antiseptic spray and tea tree oil to help the itch. After ripping it back open a few times, it started to heal over... 4 days later, with absolutely no other symptoms, we went to play fetch and he dropped to the ground convulsing and was gone in under a minute. I don't know what possibly could have caused such a circumstance in an active dog, less than 5 years old, with not one other symptom and no possibility to have consumed any form of poison.... Any suggestions would be comforting.


      I am very sorry to hear of your loss, Brian.

      "This time I just treated it with Neosporen, antiseptic spray and tea tree oil to help the itch."
      Not quite, you treated it again with antibiotics, Neosporen is an antibiotic ointment. Nowhere on our entire site can you find a single suggestion to give antibiotics. This lack of such suggestion is for good reason, and explained in countless places. I cannot understand why people (and ordinary allopathic doctors) use antibiotics so frivolous, as blanket treatment for ANYthing! - Well, that's wrong, I do understand the reason: Allopathic medicine has nothing else, only painkillers, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories (steroids and NSAIDS) - which only suppress symptoms, they do nothing to cure the cause! You may want to study our Periodical How to find the right veterinarian (or you may not want to) - it can't help you with your grief, but it will certainly help you going forward.

      Note that Neosporen (even per its label!) must NOT be given in the mouth (and nose, and eyes, and ears) as this may have dramatic adverse effects. Possibly your dog found a way to lick off the Neosporen. Another possibility (much less likely) is an allergic reaction to the tea tree oil you administered. All possibilities aside, it sounds like your dog had an anaphylactic shock, so sudden was his death. This would likely (not certainly) have been caused by the antibiotics that destroyed his immune system - as they always do! (Linked is another Periodical to help you going forward)

      What did the vet say about the circumstances of death?? And based on what examination?


    Thanks for the support info. Bronx, 6/mth. yr old GSD, chewing legs and scratching different spots. Has 1st hot spot on top of butt, hair falling out, large scab but not biting at it. Put coconut oil on hot spot, gone in 3 applications. Tried 4 different foods and raw diet on whole chicken. Interesting note, on raw chicken, puked it all out for 2 days straight. Did tick & flea baths. Now, changing food to no grains and will try skin care as mentioned above. Will let you know how this goes. New frustration, trying to find a good food for GSD with no grains! Any thoughts?


      Ron, forget the "no grain" mar, domesticated dogs owe their very existence to having been fed grains for thousands of years. What you must not feed is the grain byproducts (husks etc) that now make up the "grain" part in commercial pet foods (which only exist since about the 1950s). They are as bad for your dog as they would be for you - all well explained by our top veterinarian nutritionist in the Dog Expert Interview Series.

      Thus, either feed only fresh homemade natural foods (like we do too), or if you must choose pet food that doesn't come from rendering plants and that doesn't follow fashions either - like "no grain" or "raw meat only" etc, that's all a fashion, nothing of that bears scientific substance.

      Site members see comprehensively what I feed in My New Puppy Diary.


      I found a grain free salmon and pea at Walmart that seems to work well with my GSD and my lab. It's Pure Balance brand. Not super expensive, and they seem to like it. It seems to have cut down on their skin issues a lot. Also make sure you are washing any bedding regularly as well as their bowls daily. All this has seemed to help. They still get it from time to time, but now I believe it's mostly seasonal allergies.


        I disagree. As we've explained in countless places, ANY commercial dog food you can buy in Walmart & Co is UNhealthy, and WHY.
        Your currently chosen(!) brand may seem to be an improvement over your prior brand, but both/all will ultimately lead to more chronic health issues.
        No need to "believe" me, you too may learn that from the Top Dog Experts in the world. Right on our site.

        Personally, I'd never feed such rendering plant crap.


    My 3 yr old gsd birch has been to vets twice for this it's still not clearing up he prescribed anti biotics they two didn't help just gave her the runs the worst Ares affected is her back legs between her paws and elbow has gone bald and swollen up feels squidgy to the touch I have also noticed her heel pads are not black but wig white .


      Right above it says clearly: "It should never require antibiotics - which generally don't work here anyway - they are inappropriate for both Skin Infections and Skin Allergies (see 19)."

      I will never understand why people do what they learned doesn't work. Had only you done what we teach your dog would be fine. Maybe you want to start right now. IF so, then this will help:

      1) Choose the right veterinarian - NO lab medicaments, NO blanket treatments (antibiotics, steroids, NSAIDs, vaccines).
      2) Feed natural homemade foods - NO industrial crap from rendering plants.
      3) Come back, post a before and after photo, and say "Thank you".

      (3 is irony, you won't do it anyway ;-) )


    Thank you for the helpful hints and comments. My dog allergy seems to be grain food related. I put her on a fast from all treats & she cleared up with benadryl and olive oil treatments in a couple of days. It's amazing how red she was.


      Highly unlikely "it's grain food related", in commercial dog foods is ho human grade grain but non-edible grain by-products, mixed up in rendering plants with a variety of toxins. This toxic mix is what dogs get allergic to - and people would too!

      Have you ever eaten commercial dog food for an extended period?

      I have not, and so I would never feed such toxic crap to our dogs either.


    I have a belgium malimua shes a rescue from a used tire shop in san diego. Ive had her for 8 yrs now and she has allergies, fleas make her miserable but even when there isnt a flea to be found sometimesher skin goes from white to BLACK.. ACROSS her belly you can almost watch it change. Lately shes been coughing alot right before sun up. Any ideas or help would be appreciated, thank you


      Fleas, more than other insects, are a sign that the dog is VERY unhealthy: Parasites primarily affect dying livestock, same with dogs. Feed her only natural fresh homemade meals and she will prosper!


    My GSD was in the lake all weekend, running in the woods and now has a slightly red rash between the dew claw. Assuming this is from the moisture, the anti-septic spray you mentioned above and some soothing cream would help?


    My dog is a double coated german shepherd, 1 & a half years old.. He is suffering from skin problems. Firstly he had Ticks & then mites ,resulting in skin rashes n loss of hair frequently.. He keeps on licking n scratching them . Originally he had beautiful white skin on the inside portion, but now its getting black ..including the genital areas ..n also rashes all over .. Now there are NO ticks n mites .. but the skin has not recovered yet .. there are NO Good vets family has doctors but NO Vets ...Please tell me what to do ???????


      1. Pl first STUDY the above
      2. In your case also study Skin Allergies
      3. In your case also study homemade food

      If your environment isn't toxicating the dog's body (house chemicals etc), I bet you'll cure him within 4 to 8 weeks after you start healthy homemade feeding.

      4. Obviously NO antibiotics, NO steroids, NO needless vaccinations.


        we aren't giving him any artificial dog foods.. he is onlyfeeding on homemade things.. but surely now we'll try more . thank you ..


    My 2 yr old German Shephard developed a rash 2 days ago on his back a little past the neck area. It is now pussing. I was wondering what I should apply to it first to clean the infection now that it's gotten to this point.



    Hi plz help me all the symptoms dicussed above are in my dogs I am visiting vet from last one year yet no change in the problem plz help me


      Rahul, I have finally taken the time to improve this page drastically based on my today's knowledge. Please study it again, this will help - if only you actually apply it.


    Have had our 10 month old GSD for three months and been dealing with allergies of some sort, won't stop scratching, (did see vet, no bugs of any sort) finally changed to a sweet potato and fish food and he was getting better then but he didn't really like it, we tried his old food (canidea) but a different formula and within two days he was rubbing his face, licking his paws and scratching his side that appeared to have had hives. I now have him on Orajin large puppy for 5 days, his hives are goin away but he's still scratching like crazy and now I'm seeing red raw spots on the side of face, under his chin and his back leg and hot spots in both sides of his hips (treating him for a day with the vets hot spot foam) could he be reacting to this new food too or still the old food after 5 days? I don't want to keep changing his food but he seems miserable! I don't see how to upload pictures.


      Did you even look at "Avoiding and Treating Skin Infections" above, not to mention STUDY it?


    My 10 year old German Shephard is a direct import of top German & Belgium Bloodlines. The breeder breeds title dogs in Schutzhund that have OFA hips/elbows or A-stamp hip/elbow ratings.

    Even with this Maximus has been plaques with allergies his entire life. I am at my wits end now, he has hot spots that have gotten bad and has caused the bacteria to get into his digestive system - causing him to have really bad diarrhea. He is eating Bill Jac food now witch is great - but I don't know if he is allergic to chicken, wheat or what...I am pretty sure it is outside allergies. We live in NC and there is always something blooming and it's the worst for Max in the Spring and Fall. I will try the above remedies and also Apple Cider Vinegar. I have heard a lot of good things about that. In the past they have put him on anti biotics and sterroids but I don't want to do that. Any other advice would be great!!


      Ann dear, on you can simply go through the decision tree (go through it, yes) to reach the solution you need. Quite amazing, really!

      I've done this for you: You'd reach this page, and this page. Both pages spell out what you need to change to make Maximus healthy again.

      I lost count in how many places I have written about the 2, 3 health FUNDAMENTALS that pretty much guarantee that a dog stays HEALTHY. It's probably in a comment **here above** as well. EDIT: Yes, it is! Seen this?

      Sadly, these days dog owners seem to **surf** the internet, post their dog problems wildly, don't read what's already there right in front of their eyes(!), and worst they don't even come back to LOOK if maybe someone was so kind to spell out the answer to their question AGAIN. They don't come back because they can't remember in just how many places they have posted their dog problem...

      This is NOT the way to go to solve a problem for our dog. Sad and disappointing really. :cry:

      PS: Just post another comment here so that we can see that you did come back. We'll look out for your comment #2...


    Hi i have read the comments so far. My gsd has bad skin problems and unfortunately i have already taken him to the vet for his problems where they treated with antibiotics then a 8 week course of injections for his problem. But of course the problem is back. He gets red spots, also what seems to be rashers under his chin on his face and his top back legs his thighs his hair has all gone and his skin is black. Should i take him back to vet im at wits end im confused upset and dont know where to start. I was recommended eukanuba dermatosis pet food should i start on this straight away ?


      John, what does it say above in BOLD numbered as 1) ?


        Yes but what type of homemade food i have no idea whats causing this problem. I have no idea what home made dog food is. Do i cook him up rump steaks this dog is costing a fortune and i need to fix this problem. Any ideas on meals i can cook up


        John pl see my earlier replies here, here, and here. This will answer ALL your questions.

        And as for "this dog is costing a fortune", pl see here.

        When you've seen all that, pl reply back here.


    Hello, all. My dog Duke is a german shepard who spends most of his time outside and has fleas. My mom is going to take him to the veterinarian for a health-check soon but I wanted help now. He seems to have an odd skin condition. Instead of of boils, scabs, bleeding, or mange he has some kind of scabby skin(apart from callouses and I'm not sure what it is. It seems to only affect the bottom of his snout and ears. Please tell me what it may be from the limited information given.


      Daniel, no one can tell you "what it is" from your limited information given. And when your mom takes Duke to the next ordinary vet, the vet will give you/your mom a lovely sounding Latin word describing the symptom, and then that vet will give your dog antibiotics and possibly even corticosteroids. NONE of that helps you/Duke.

      What you need to address is the CAUSE, not the symptom. The CAUSE you can only address when you strictly adhere to the advice given above in bold. Because Duke has an impaired immune system that is unable to maintain skin health. Antibiotics and steroids both will merely reduce the symptom temporarily (if at all!). They are placebo. So seek out a holistic veterinarian only. Or just do what I wrote above in bold, and report back here 14 days later. Likely, Duke will not need a vet at all then.


    I am writing to let you know there ARE people who read and do follow instructions. Thank you for the precise directions on how to resolve this skin infection. I purchased the sprays and applied as you suggested and Shadow is doing much better. He still has a way to go, but he's not scratching or chewing nearly as much and is clearly much improved.

    Most importantly I have changed his food to a raw diet (still purchased from a pet store until I have time to make some at home), but the raw, frozen Prairie patties he's eating now seem to have had an immediate impact as well.

    It's hard for people to wrap their brainwashed minds around the fact that kibble just doesn't give their dog what they need to maintain optimal health. This includes me, but it's undeniable that Shadow, at least, is a far happier and healthier pooch. Thanks much!!


      Fully agree Heidi. Glad Shadow is on the mend. Yes, food has the biggest impact by far, I am writing that everywhere but only 12% of our subscribers have changed their habit (or these never fed crap in the first place, who knows). I am also writing everywhere why not to feed raw. But the current "feed raw!" fad seems to have successfully brainwashed the other group (those who don't want to feed kibble).

      Well, fads disappear. It just takes some time. Hopefully not a dog life.


    My intention is to make homemade meals going forward following a recipe from another blog which gives options for raw, partially raw, and fully cooked. I planned on cooking meat at low temps and providing the veg/fruits raw. I'm curious to know if you feel there any reason why I should reconsider that plan?


      Heidi, I am only seeing this now, that's the problem of allowing one-time commenters to comment again without approval: I don't get to see your 2nd comment! :-(

      You asked: "I planned on cooking meat at low temps and providing the veg/fruits raw. I'm curious to know if you feel there any reason why I should reconsider that plan?"

      And here's part of what I replied to you right above your follow-up question:

      "I am also writing everywhere why not to feed raw."

      So why do you still plan to "providing the veg/fruits raw"?? Apparently that "blog" you are referring to had some greater than GREAT reasons that seem to outshine those of ALL the Top Dog Experts I've ever spoken to?? Which reasons did they have to advise dog owners to feed raw that convinced you to follow their advice?

      Then we will dissect that "advice" here publicly for the benefit of everyone, okay?


    Hi, my mother has a german shepherd and hs black spots all over his belly and he seems depressed. He smells bad and looks sad. Shes changed his food, taken him to a dog clinic and showered him but nothing has helped completely. Please let me know what can help! God Bless you! Thanks!


      "Please let me know what can help!" - I did John! I cannot make it bolder than bold above. Reading the advice is FREE, applying the advice is FREE too. What else can I possibly do?

      Oh, I know! Repetition of course:

      "1) Only feed fresh homemade natural foods, not commercial crap from rendering plants! 2) Avoid vaccination "boosters" - they do only harm, they have no benefit! 3) Avoid antibiotics - they too do only harm! 4) Avoid Steroids and NSAIDs - they too do only harm!"

      I bolded it again. Maybe it helps someone else?


    Hi, my 8 month old GSD started about a week and a half ago biting and scratching her left hind leg. She has been treated with a flea pill and I have checked for fleas also. The area is not red or irritated either. So here are her habits. At 8:30 am we are out and she eats then I hit a tennis ball across the yard for about 20-30 mins. Then around noon we go to the lake to swim and play more tennis. I thought it could be the dog food ( pedigree) don't judge me, my Rottweiler does fine in it. Lol so I just changed her today to Pure Balance grain free salmon and peas. I thought it could be the lake water but we didn't go last week and she still was scratching that area. Any ideas of what it could be? The only time I think she gets anxiety is if I put my shoes on.She will grab a tennis ball and push to get out the door before me.


    My German shefard has got red skin on lower part of body how to rid of it


      First you must identify the CAUSE as described above. Only thereafter you may consider treatment.

      Ordinary allopathic vets start with treatment without knowing the CAUSE because they don't know any better, or because multiple and prolonged treatment attempts bring them more income.
      So choose well whether you follow my advice or theirs. Best wishes.


    My German Shepard doea not allow me to touch him to treat the hot spot. What do I do?


      You could use Distraction tools from the Dog Training Toolkit. Also calm down, and calm the dog down. Then be as gentle as possible and ignore what she "allows". ;-)
      Note that a hot spot is only to be treated with spray, we use and highly recommend the first one you see on this page. Do NOT use any antibiotic or steroidal ointments (incl. NSAIDs) that ordinary vets love to prescribe!


    Admiring the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you offer. It's good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same unwanted rehashed material. Wonderful read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.


    please help me out my dog is in very bad condtion i gave him everything antibiotics steroids everything please guide me i dont wanna loose him


      We helped you already: READ, above, the menu, everywhere here. What's wrong with you?!


    Put apple cider vinegar in their water 1 tablespoon a day. Natural antibiotic. Will help with infection.Also give dog 1 ester c vitamin a day. Spray half water half apple cider vinegar on wounds. Then apply coconut oil.


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    Have a gsd. which gets hot spots. Have taken to the Vet. Dr. Sig. loma linda animal hospital, loma linda, ca. Was given shots, med. etc. This was about 6 weeks ago and it looks like its starting again.

    God Bless


      "Was given shots, med. etc."
      What "shots, med. etc", Larry? Can you be specific? Normally you can see the names on the receipt you get after payment.

      I suspect I know what kind of "shots, med. etc" Max-A-Million got, because you write: "This was about 6 weeks ago and it looks like its starting again."
      No surprise here. It will get worse, more, and in other places.
      Treated with more "shots, med. etc", and at higher bills, lol.

      Please proceed as explained above.
      And no, no paypal, paypal is a nightmare, no service attitude at all yet ripping small business owners off nonetheless!


      Hi Tim,
      The medicine: Prednison 10mg/d x 15 days. Amoxicillion 500mg/2d x 10 days.

      also he was given Bravecto 3 mo. coverage.



        Exactly like I suspected. Although I don't even know your vet.

        Amoxicillin is a penicillin-based antibiotic, useless even IF the dog has a bacterial skin infection - which your vet hasn't bothered to diagnose: (s)he ALSO prescribed prednisone, which is a corticosteroid to suppress an allergy, and thus PREVENTS healing!

        It can hardly get any dumber than that, sorry that I am always so frank, but clear language is necessary to get people to realize they are stuck in habit. And that's exactly why your vet doesn't first identify the CAUSE of the skin problem.

        Is it an infection or an allergy? If an infection, what pathogen? A bacterium, a virus, a fungus,...?
        If an allergy, what is the allergen?

        Your vet didn't bother to do any work at all. (S)he only wanted your money. And so (s)he thought "I'll just prescribe both" - and she got away with it.

        I don't know what you find that(?), I find that criminal.

        If I were you I would proceed as described above.
        I do.
        Now that you started, make sure though that you give the amoxicillin the complete 10 days. The prednisone is for the bin immediately. Bravecto is fine and you can keep it.

        PS: If you feel ready and want to understand my reasoning above, this Periodical illucidates the topic to a degree that your vet urgently needs. You may pass it on for her studies.
        Note that it may be a bit tough to digest without the preparation that some of our other Periodicals provide.


        Good morning Tim,
        I am in the process in obtaining all the necessary items to switch over to homemade food. I do have a Question, How much of the dinovite ? it looks like 20cc on your page, Is that right !
        Max-A-Million has some hip disp. had xrays, but only that was said was surgery. Max has been on Deramaxx 25mg. x 1/d and synovial 1 chew x 2/d. I am changing from synovial to Liquid Health k9 5000.

        Is this homemade food ok for a collie/boxer mix ? she is11 yrs old and named "Pennies from Heaven.

        Both dogs were shelter rescue. I have so much Love for them I will do ANYTHING in my power to help them live long and happy lives.

        I am switching to the way you indicate on the hot spot(s) issue. Max-A-Million hot spots are on his back near to tail and hips. Should be getting everything this week.

        I will be signing up and want to apart of this MYGERMANSHEPARD.ORG.

        God Bless


        No Larry you seem to confuse us with some other site, I don't even know of "dinovite", REAL food starts in the menu under, well, CARE > DOG FOOD.

        Max is way too old for surgery to cure HD. Must be done at 7m the latest, our hospital's head vet explained.

        Deramaxx is an NSAID and harms the immune system. Max shouldn't be on that, no dog should. Synovial is a joint and cartilage fluid, not a medicine (to my knowledge none is called that). I wouldn't put him on Liquid Health.

        "Is this homemade food ok for a collie/boxer mix?" - Homemade food, or say natural REAL food, is the only "food ok" for any dog, yes. I like your naming of dogs.

        "Max-A-Million hot spots are on his back near to tail and hips" - I doubt it's an infection at all. Likely an allergy. Caused by the foolish prednisone, amoxicillin, and industrial dog crap (often called "dog food").


        Tim, I don't want to give with my cc or debit. I can pay from my bank (chase) if thats works, you let me know how i can help this great website.


        Posting comments under what you've read...? That'll be fine.

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