Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated wounds.  Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin..

Why Do Hot Spots Occur?

Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Often a pinched nerve can be the culprit.  Dogs who are not groomed regularly and have matted, dirty coats can be prone to developing hot spots, as can dogs who swim or who are exposed to rain. Additionally, dogs with misalignment, hip dysplasia or anal sac disease can start licking the skin on their hind end. 

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How to treat your dogs hot spot.

  • The first step in treatment is to thoroughly shampoo the coat with For the Love of Dogs Neem & Arnica Shampoo.  This will ensure the coat and skin are clean and free from dirt and dead skin that can lead to further itching and more hot spots.  Our formulation also contains chamomile, basil, pine bark and cherry bark. These healing herbs not only cleanse the skin but reduce inflammation, provide excellent anti- microbial effects to the skin while at the same time repairing it.

  • Follow up with For the Love of Dogs Healing Skin Lotion which is designed to eliminate infection growth and repair damaged skin.  Apply to effected area and leave on.

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A few things to remember: If the condition worsens take your pet to the veterinarian as the problem may be more than hot-spots. Also, in humid areas always dry your dog well to avoid damp areas laying on the dog's skin for large amounts of time. If your dog is constantly licking and biting the infected skin area be sure to use a bitenot collar to keep them from further spreading the damage on the skin.

    First, it is important to determine if your dog has fleas.  If so your first course of action should be a thorough bath with For the Love of Dogs Neem Shampoo followed up with flea preventative.  Over the counter treatments ineffective and sometimes dangerous.  Seek the advice of your veterinarian to determine the best topical treatment. Whether it is a flea allergy, an anal gland infection or stress, the underlying issue needs to be taken care of to ensure a successful outcome. 

     

    How Can I Help Prevent Hot Spots?

    The following tips may aid in the prevention of hot spots:

    •      Make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis.
    •      You may also want to keep your pet’s hair clipped short, especially during warmer months.
    •      Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
    •      Maintain as stress-free an environment for your pet as possible.
    •      To keep boredom and stress at bay, make sure your dog gets adequate exercise and opportunities for play and interaction with his human family and, if he enjoys it, with other dogs.