Well, the vet isn't for sure what it is, exactly. Might be hot spots, but might not.
She did a skin scraping, and didn't find any critters (thank goodness, not sure I could handle any critters living in my skin). But, I do have a secondary staph infection from all the licking I have been doing.
So, I am now on Vetalog, which is a steroid, and Cephalexin, an antibiotic, and some nasty spray stuff that mom has to spray on my spots to help dry them out. I don't like it, and have learned that when she comes at me with the white bottle, that I should run outside. She has now learned to hide it behind her back, and then pretend she is going to rub my tummy, so I roll over, and then she sprays my big red spot. Not very nice of her! Then, I jump up and run out the doggie door so she can't spray me again.
The vet also suggested mom start adding some of Sam's zinc sulfate to my food. Apparently us northern breeds (especially Siberians and Malamutes) seem to have lots of issues with zinc responsive dermatosis. So, we'll try that for a while too and see if it helps. Seems Sam was about the same age (almost 3) when his started.
Funny thing is, when mom got me home from the vet, dad told her that he noticed Abby licking her tummy. So mom checked her tummy, and sure enough, she had a spot too!! What the ?!?!?!?! So then she had to call the vet back and ask her to get the same meds for Abby as I got!
Mom is very confused about why this is happening, especially since none of us have ever had any problems in the past (all the others anyway, I'm still sorta new). And we are all very well groomed by dad, and get Maxiderm in our food (it's a liquid supplement that has vitamin E, flaxseed oil, omega 3 fatty acids, and some other stuff that is really good for our skin and hair). So, the humans are stupified at what is causing all the skin issues!
Well, better go now. I need another nap, and the human woman has that look in her eyes that says she is thinking of getting the spray bottle out to try and spray one of my spots, so I think a nice nap OUTSIDE is in order.