Hi My 1 year 2 month Welsh springer jasper had a really nasty hot spot last Friday . I noticed this wet and sticky spot behind his ear and near the neck area. Since we were all leaving for a holiday to South Wales I didn't think much about it . The next day the spot became bigger and very moist. By Saturday evening there was a huge crusty scab. With all this , Jasper swam and was totally happy and excited on the beach and enjoyed his exercise. On Monday morning we noticed that he had scratched his scab off and all we could see was his bare oozing skin . i panicked and was feeling terrible about my neglect. I have never seen anything like this with my other hairy dogs. On Tuesday we were at the vets who shaved off his fur and said it was nasty . She has prescribed antibiotics , a lotion and some malaseb shampoo . I had to give his a collar to prevent him from scratching. It is healing well and has become black and crusty. I have been reading all the articles about hot spots and was wondering how can we prevent it from happening again. I give his Orijen in the morning and Arden Grange chicken in the evening . Even the food is excellent . He swims a lot and we go to the country quite often. He is on advocate flea spot ons and wormer. I have also read that advocate does not kill ticks and i have bought some Frontline to apply when he is better. Since he is such an active dog and loves the country and lakes ...did I not give him enough flea/ tick treatment . His ears are clean. Do you think it was a allergy ? Should I change his food? I have also ordered Grizzly salmon oil and will start it off when it arrives. Is there anything else I can do to prevent this from happening again. It is so stressful and upsetting to see Jasper like this.