Exactly What Are Hot Spots?

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  • 14 September 2017
  • Pet Wants

Although hot spots affect dogs of all breeds and ages, that doesn’t change the fact that they can be quite irritating. This condition, which may also be referred to as pyotraumatic or moist dermatitis, occurs when an area of a dog’s skin becomes inflamed and then infected. Signs of hot spots are moist skin, oozing and redness. Since this area of a dog’s skin can become quite painful, a dog may lick or chew it in an attempt to stop the pain. Unfortunately, those actions may result in the condition getting worse. Hot spots that continue to get worse can lead to hair loss.

What Actually Causes Hot Spots?

The reason that so many different dogs are affected by hot spots is this condition can be triggered by anything that causes itchy skin. Food allergies are a common cause. The same is true for environmental allergies like dust mites or grass. Hot spots can also happen if a dog gets bit by an insect, mite or flea. Once part of a dog’s skin is damaged and inflamed by any of the above causes, it’s more at risk for getting infected by something like staph. Not only will this type of infection have an oozing appearance, but it will also create an unpleasant odor.

How Can You Help Your Dog with a Hot Spot?

There are several things that go into treating a hot spot. You want to clear up the bacterial infection, as well as provide relief to your dog from any pain and itchiness. Finally, trying to identify exactly what caused the hot spot can help you prevent it from happening again. A standard practice is to clip the hair in and around the hot spot. This allows for an initial cleaning of the area and the application of a topical solution. Our healing salve for dogs is ideal for hot spots and bacterial infections. The salve is made from a variety of essential oils, including organic coconut and lavender.

When the infection accompanying a hot spot is quite severe, fully clearing it up may require a dog to take antibiotics for a few weeks. If you have any concerns about the severity of this condition in your dog, don’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of your vet. The sooner you do, the less your dog will have to deal with the unpleasant effects. Speaking of those effects, our skin spray for dogs helps to reduce them.

The last step in this process is seeing if you can figure out what caused the hot spot. If you conclude that a food allergy is the culprit, switching to our grain-free dog food may be exactly what your dog needs to avoid future hot spots.