Hot spot on Golden Retriever
Photo by Kalumet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Hot spots on English bulldog
Photo by Uwe Gille (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Hot spot on dog (Photo: Moria)
According to the owner of the dog above:
“This is apparently what can happen when you use Vectra 3D on a dog with sensitive skin. Within 48 hours, Moliere’s skin was so irritated he’d developed a severe hot spot, and is still in a lot of pain after emergency vet treatment. He’ll be on antibiotics for the next 60 days.
Vectra is apparently much stronger than Frontline and some other flea preventatives, and has some powerful pesticides. It was recommended by my regular vet’s office because Moliere is a flea magnet, and they hadn’t had any problems in other dogs that had used it. That’s not a lot of consolation, though.
Please, please: if your dog has sensitive skin, please do NOT use Vectra on him or her! By the time irritation really shows, it’s impossible to wash off the poisons because they’ve already been absorbed.
I’ll definitely be talking to the holistic vet about safer flea preventatives (he’s already on brewer’s yeast and garlic pills, but they’re not strong enough).”
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