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Old 07/03/16, 12:05 PM
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Yes, Aart, hotspots are bacterial in nature; however, the area is also prone to infection due to scratching. Here is what I've learned:

The goal to treatment is to clear the bacterial infection, relieve the itching and pain, and identify and remove the underlying triggers if possible. Due to the rapidity of spread and possibility of deeper skin infection, it is wise to start treatment with your vet. Depending on the severity and size of the hot spot, your veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics, topical drying sprays or medications, and/or special shampoos.

Treatment summed up: The hair in and around the dog's hot spot is usually clipped to allow initial cleaning of the area and the application of topical medications. Topical treatment with sprays, creams or ointments to kill bacteria and help with pain and inflammation are often used. Oral antibiotics are usually prescribed for a course of three to four weeks and sometimes longer. Often a short course of corticosteroids (i.e. prednisone) is given to relieve the itching and pain due to the inflammation. Antihistamines may also be used to help with itchiness.

When I got Valentina home from the vet's office, I gave her a very warm and sudsy bath, dried her well and kept her in an area where she could not get "soil" on her until she dried. Then I took clippers and cut much of her hair about 1" shorter, making sure no long hair could reach the hotspot. Then I started combing her often. Today 95% of all that thick undercoat is gone.... I can tell she is still scratching the hotspot but not nearly like she was as I can tell that spot is on the verge of healing.

I actually blame myself for this occurring. I should have started this aggressive brushing sooner!!!!
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I should have started this aggressive brushing sooner!!!!
I am in the same boat! No hot spot but I didn't realize my Karina hadn't lost her undercoat. Instead, when it loosened, it formed thousands of tiny mats close to the skin that you can't see at all. However I can feel them when I comb my fingers through her outer coat - which looks fine - no mats at all. So I am now spending 30 minutes per day, combing out the undercoat and removing all of those tiny little mats. I'm kicking myself I didn't start the aggressive combing sooner too This is my first summer with her since she is only 8 months old. I will for sure know for next year to start the beginning of May with daily brushing and maybe we won't get to this point.
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Old 07/04/16, 09:26 PM
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You need an Einstein! I have a very sweet Alpine buck who's hobby is to pull any and all loose hair off of Saphira the Akbash. They are supposed to shed but she suddenly stopped when he decided to moonlight as a 24 hour dog groomer. 😂
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Old 07/12/16, 09:53 AM
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Updating....

Valentina is on her last day's antibiotic. She has been very good at taking this Rx tablet, even though it is obvious she doesn't want it. I simply put it in her mouth and cup her chin with both my hands while looking into her eyes. She will look at me then move the tablet around in her mouth and swallow it. ROFL If I do not cup my hands under her chin, she will spit that tablet out. ROFL A very stubborn canine!

The hot spot is well now and, though I'm still brushing her daily, there is very little undercoat.

A little funny! Went to check on everyone last night before retiring and found the entire herd of goats sound asleep in the back yard not 10 feet from my back door. And who was right up next to them? Yes it was Valentina. ROFL Think she has bonded quite well with those Nubians.....
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I would like one of those doga I think.
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Old 09/15/16, 11:00 AM
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This past summer has gone quite well even though the heat/humidity was terrible. I found Valentina periodically in the kiddie pools set up for the geese/ducks. She does not hesitate to get in with all fours but prefers to put her two front feet in and then slush the water around with her nose. ROFL (My one water dog, a lab named Cujo, will only go into those pools reluctantly. No he has never been harmed by water or the pools; so I have no idea why he does not enjoy the water there as much as...or even more than...Valentina.)

Her hair grows quickly so I've spent some time grooming her with scissors, especially around her paws and butt. I've even cut some of the length all along her tail and legs; and I've brushed out all the loose hair. Her nails are still easily cut. (My nail clipper got to where the blade would not retract after cutting and, when I contacted the manufacturer, I was told to return them and they would be repaired without cost to me.)

She still prefers raw foods over the dry kibble; however, she will not harm any of the assorted fowl to get it. Thus, at times she still eats the kibble "reluctantly". ROFL Valentina will actually look at the food and then look at me as though to say, "...not again..." It is so obvious she does not want to eat that "stuff"! LOL However, when she's hungry, she does eat it. (I still get the large bags of chicken quarters when they're on sale, i.e. $4 a bag and each bag has 8-9 large pieces in it. However, if I don't wash it thoroughly, Valentina will smell it and then look at me with those questioning eyes again. So I use soap and water on all that chicken, then rinse it all twice before I feed it. ROFL Would you say she is spoiled or just plain smart....smart no doubt!) Oh, I've recently discovered chicken and/or guinea eggs at my back door. It is obvious one or both of the dogs have brought it up and laid it there. I pick it up, wash it and put it in the fridge. (Both dogs get raw eggs daily that I personally break open in front of them.)

Nothing really out of the ordinary has occurred here except for the fact I've stopped...yes stopped...tying up my dogs when strangers arrive. I've had the plumber out, electrical men out and tree-service people out and all have walked around my place with me while both dogs are loose. (As some may remember I had started chaining up Valentina last year after she had headed for one of the strangers' legs with her head low. It was obvious to me she meant to bite him; and when I caught her collar her growls confirmed it. I had chained Cujo up at the same time just so as not to play favorites.) Well, this year I had decided Valentina needed a second chance and, for some reason, I knew she would protect but not be aggressive. (Now don't ask me how I know. I just seem to know this dog now.) This has turnred out to be true! She now circles and watches, sometimes growling yet no attacks. Just this past week the plumber had to crawl under my trailer to fix a leak. Neither dog liked that man being that close to my house; yet they both respected the boundaries I had set, i.e. the front part of my trailer where the men had to crawl under was fenced. They did leave the gate open and Valentina would stand there looking in; but she did not enter. Instead, she went over and checked out the strange van and tools the men had brought. LOL

Interesting too is the fact that, when a strange automobile comes to the front gate, both dogs will bark. Cujo will run up to the gate. Valentina will hang back in the yard unless someone gets out and walks up to the gate. Then Valentina goes and backs up Cujo in their warnings to those strangers. If I go up there and let the stranger in, both dogs will let the stranger in without trying to bite him. Cujo will go up and sniff the stranger while Valentina stays away from the stranger, circles him and growls. LOL Love the differences in these dogs! (My goats are friendlier to strangers than Valentina is!)

All in all I attribute Valentina's present behaviors on this place to her maturity. At the age of 3 yrs it is obvious she is a very serious minded canine who believes it is her job to protect whatever is here from the unknown; and she has done so without aggression....so far!
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Old 11/09/16, 10:44 PM
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...now this is new...

For about 3 months now the large Nubian goats have been sleeping at the foot of my back stairs. Have no idea why as their barn is quite nice and even has some fresh bedding in it. Still they cuddle here in the yard.

I guess that is why Valentina has started sleeping on the back porch. My porch has a rather large area that is "L" shaped and each part more than large enough for a large dog. Cujo has always slept there; and when I started finding Valentina there as well, I created a bed for her like the one Cujo has.

Well it was a bit colder than usual tonight and, since Cujo cannot take the changes in weather as well as Valentina, I took an extra bedding quilt out to him. I told him to move which he did; then I placed the quilt over the bedding he had been lying on. I no sooner got the quilt on when Valentina rushed to get on it and immediately layed down. Huh??? Cujo just stood there looking at her. I took hold of her collar and told her to get off as I nudged that collar in compliance. She refused to move. I did it again and off she came; yet immediately turned around and tried to get back on it. I held her collar and said "eh" with my growling voice and she stopped. I told Cujo, who had apparently just accepted the idea Valentina was going to get his bed, to get over here and go to bed. I had to tell him twice as the first time he pretended not to hear. He then got up and walked over to the bed I had just prepared and layed down quickly. I let go of Valentina's collar and she just stood there looking at me. Then she looked at Cujo who had his head laying nice and comfortably on that extra quilt; then she went and layed on the other bed where she had been. ROFL

Now I know she is no longer an adolescent; so this was just plain meanness. She had no qualms at all about taking Cujo's bed. And Cujo apparently had no qualms about letting her have it. No wonder these two get along so well. LOL It was I who was interferring this time; and both dogs accepted my decisions as to who was sleeping where. ROFL (I'm actually thinking of bringing the little buckling up to sleep with them. ROFL)
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ok I'm not seeing any photo's ...just attached image but nothing
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Old 12/31/16, 10:44 PM
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Two Tracks, I apologize for the pics being taken out. I did not do it. I did replace enough for all new to this thread to see how this LGD grew. The new pics start on page 21; and thus far, all pics thereafter have remained. So all is going well now.

Here is the link to page 21. Just scroll down half the page to where they start. Made my choice...A Bulgarian Karakachan


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Any differences in how the local wildlife treats your farm when the temperatures cool down? I'm not really familiar with your climate, do the critters still have plenty of large fields to munch on this time of year, or do they start to encroach a little more on places like yours?
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Old 01/03/17, 10:08 AM
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Wiscto we've had such a mild climate thus far I cannot do your question justice. Here it is the first of January and I'm working outside without a coat.

What I can tell you is that I've seen more "flying" predators than in times past. And I've seen Valentina (even Cujo, though not as much) chase a flyer across the pastures daring it to try and land. ROFL
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Old 01/12/17, 03:08 PM
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Hello everyone. It's been awhile since I updated this thread; and when I watched what occurred today I thought you all might enjoy hearing.

As you know, Valentina is nearing her 4th year on this farm. She has proven herself to be a very serious-minded canine who not only takes pride in her job(s) here but enjoys herself as well. Her best friend is, of course, Cujo (chocolate lab) who is about 8 yrs old. Both were "fixed" awhile back so I never have to worry about surprised babies showing up.

Today was so beautiful and both dogs were laying out in the front yard. Valentina up on the knoll overlooking the goats down in the pasture and Cujo near the porch. Since they still had some raw chicken quarters in the fridge, I decided to go ahead and toss the chicken out to them. These particular pieces were smaller than usual with only a leg/thigh per piece and since there were 4 of these, I decided to let each dog have two. What occurred is what prompted this update.

I called both dogs to the front porch and, after calling each by name, tossed them each one of the pieces (leg/thigh). Then I watched to see them eat it. Cujo as usual broke his into a few pieces and swallowed the large thing whole. Then he returned to the porch looking up at me for more as he could see I still had their bowl. Valentina did her usual ritual of smelling the piece over well, then licking it and taking tiny bites. Methodically she ate that piece taking much longer than what was comfortable for Cujo who was waiting for more. I decided, since Valentina was taking so long, I would go ahead and toss Cujo his 2nd piece. He ate that just as quickly as he had the 1st. Still Valentina had not finished her 1st piece. LOL Finally she did and looked my way. I called her name and tossed her the last piece of chicken (leg/thigh). Cujo made a mad rush to go after it; so I called his name and angrily said "eh eh", which means "that is not wanted by me". Cujo stopped immediately, turned and looked at me, then came back to the porch. Valentina looked up at me, watched Cujo then went after that piece of chicken. ROFL I just sighed! These dogs get along so well. They never fight over food and are the best of buddies. I am so grateful I've never had to break up a fight between these two. And even when they are both anxious to get what I'm holding in my hand, each waits his/her turn and respects what occurs.

A short while after this incident I saw them both standing tall in the front yard on that knoll Valentina likes so much. They were facing each other, sniffing each other's mouths with both their tails wagging.....

ROFL I went inside and fried myself up some "home-grown" chicken. ROFL (Neither dog got any of this.)
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LOL! "Hey your face smells so good." "Yea yours too." "Stop it let me sniff yours." "I can't, yours smells so good." "Okay you go first." "Okay... I'm good get me." "Ooooo that's good." "My turn again." "Okay sniff me......now I sniff you." "Hey I barely got a whiff!" "Ooookay, just hurry up." "Okay your turn."
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Haha! What a great team, especially the people part.
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