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July 15, 2021 4 min read
A skin condition that your dog can suffer from is known by the layman name of ‘hot spots’. So, what are hot spots and what can you do about them? In today’s article we’re going to answer these questions and more so that you’ll know all of the symptoms and you’ll be ready to help your furry best friend to get a little relief.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at dog hot spots.
Known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or acute moist dermatitis, dog hot spots are a skin condition characterized by inflamed, often infected skin along with redness and sometimes with a bit of oozing. This tends to mat the fur up a bit and that’s another sign that your dog might have hot spots.
We should note, if you are seeing these symptoms then it’s a good idea to bring your dog into the vet. Some of the symptoms are common in other conditions which could be serious and it’s best to get your vet’s input before beginning a home treatment regimen. That said, let’s take a look in detail at the symptoms and some of the treatments which you may employ.
The most common symptoms of dog hot spots include the following:
Treating dog hot spots can be done at home (in part, see steps) if your dog is of the calm variety. In order to treat hotspots the following steps need to be followed:
Note: Do NOT try over the counter creams without consulting your veterinarian first. These creams can sometimes do more harm than good, blocking up the area from healing properly.
Once you’ve gotten approval from your vet, some over the counter treatments that can help with dog hot spots are as follows:
Make a compress out of green or black tea that you apply 2 – 3 times per day. This will help to hasten the wounds in drying out so that your dog can heal naturally. You can also use cold compresses for pain as well.
Moisture and parasites are the primary causes of dog hot spots. Invest in a couple of doggy towels to make sure that your dog is thoroughly dried after any wet playtime outside (especially if your dog is very shaggy) and be sure to keep a close eye for excess scratching so that you know if you need to address allergies or potential parasite issues.
If you like going with natural remedies then you might be interested to know that Hangry Woof Multivitamin Chews are packed with them! In regards to your dog’s skin, these power-packed chews have Icelandic Sea Kelp, which hydrates the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties to help get your dog back to feeling 100% again.
We hope that this information will be of use to you in helping your itchy dog to find a little relief. Hot spots can certainly be vexing, both to the dog and the worried owner, but with a little assistance from you your doggie is going to be just fine. Hang in there and until next time, we wish you good luck and a speedy recovery for your furry best friend!
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