Source: Veterinary Practice News

Dog hot spots are common skin issues leading to Veterinary visits, often sparked by painful reactions. The cycle usually accelerates when the dog’s own bacteria convert to infection at the afflicted site. Effective treatment requires considering antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pet owner budgets.

By defining a clinical question through the PICO model (Patient/Population-Intervention-Control/Compare-Outcome), summarizing scientific evidence, reviewing the evidence, communicating costs and options, and engaging in shared decision-making, veterinarians can guide treatment decisions. For the case study discussed in this article, topical therapy was advised due to localized lesions and costs were effectively communicated to the pet owner.

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