This is my first time posting in a while and the first time on the updated website, so I'm not 100% sure if I'm posting correctly! Feel free to let me know how to do it better if I did anything incorrectly :)
So, I have a 2-year-old mini Goldendoodle, no previous medical issues. He is the first dog that anyone is our family has had, but we have had experience with other pets. Recently, we noticed he was starting to get some irritation in his private area. We did searches online and ended up coming to the conclusion that it was probably a hotspot. So, we made him "underwear" (baby shorts) and are having him wear it so he can't lick the area. We also got some spray for hotspots and have been putting it on the area.
After a little bit, it seemed like it had healed, and he stopped wearing the "underwear". But, then it got a lot worse. So we've started putting the underwear back on him, and he's been wearing it for the past two days, but it doesn't seem like it's getting better, it actually looks like it's getting worse. In addition, we're hoping to get him a cone because we're worried he's able to get past the underwear when we're not looking and also because we think it may be trapping in the moisture. We also noticed his ears have looked a little irritated (red, spots, some wax) but nothing too extreme, but are hoping it's not the start of an ear infection.
We're really hesitant to take him to the vet right now because of COVID-19, it's pretty common where we live but are planning to take him to the vet in a few days if it doesn't get better. Does anyone have any suggestions?