Dog hot spots; sometimes referred to as summer sores, is dermatitis (a type of rash). It will be found on dogs skin. Prominent during hotter times when there is moisture collecting on the skin. This creates a hot spot breeding ground.
They are caused by too much chewing on an area of your dogs skin. Usually this is because of something simple like a flea or tick bite. Even the wrong grooming supplies can irritate sensitive skin. Sometimes the dog will have an allergic reaction. Once the chewing starts breaking the skin down, in it’s weakened condition it becomes inflamed. Then the hot spot begins forming. If your pet is found licking any one particular place, or gnawing this may be a sign of these painful sores.
If you don’t feel confident in trying a home remedy, you should definitely go see your veterinarian. Hot spots need to be treated in a timely fashion so they don’t grow worse, or even larger. But the spots are caused by a bacteria that you can tackle yourself with some tips. You’ll know your dog has them if they have an oozing scab on their fur. The moisture the bacteria need to grow are found there and it progresses quickly.
Here are a few ideas if you want to try and treat your pooch at home first:
Step 1: Shave the hair surrounding the affected areas to help dry it out. This will promote the beginning of healing.
Step 2: Clean and sterilize the scabs with a hot spot shampoo that was made for that. There are also sprays that are antiseptic if you prefer. Make sure you dry the area thoroughly afterward by gently patting its fur. This is really important, as I’ve already said.
Step 3: Keep your dog from licking or scratching the affected area. You may want to try a plastic cone around the dog’s neck so he/she can’t get to the area.
Step 4: Keep an eye on the area to make sure it doesn’t worsen. Of course, if it doesn’t heal you will want to visit your vet where they can prescribe a topical ointment or possibly a cortisone injection, depending on the severity of the wound. It is very rare though for that to be required.
The internet is also an excellent source of information on Dog Hot Spots with pictures and additional suggestions of treatments for your dog. Remember this is a serious and painful condition for your dog and if not treated the hot spots will increase in size and in some situations will create a scar.
Cats don’t usually develop hot spots for some weird reason. But there are lots of different types of bacteria generated dog hot spots. Luckily in most cases, treatment is successful.
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