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If your canine is suffering from an icky oozing skin infection, chances are that he has "hot spots" or "acute moist pyoderma". This is a skin allergy typically started by flea or tick bites that become inflamed. It's a common problem among Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. Prevention by flea and tick medication and regular bathing is your best bet. But if your dog's already got hot spots, you can treat it by clipping the hair away from the area to help it dry out. Then use an antibiotic which contains a corticosteroid to help with inflammation and itching.